This case highlights how important it is to be thorough in considering reasonable adjustments for someone with a disability.
This employer is likely to have been very shaken when an employee, a security guard working alone in a remote location, suffered a hypoglycaemic episode. It must have come as a particular shock as the employer had no idea that the employee was diabetic.
It is understandable that the employer wanted to remove the employee from a potentially dangerous situation, patrolling an isolated reservoir on his own. Before making the decision, the employer carried out a risk assessment but, unfortunately, did not seek any medical advice on the employee’s condition.
The employment tribunal concluded that the employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments, although did criticise the employee for not making the employer aware of his condition.
So, what might the employer have done to avoid this situation arising?
It is always a good idea to consult with the employee throughout any assessment of reasonable adjustments and to genuinely consider any suggestions they put forward. It is also helpful to keep written records of any discussions, agreements or decisions made.