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>HAS THERE EVER BEEN A CASE OF SOMEONE SUCCESSFULLY SUING SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE THEY WERE INJURED USING A TOASTER AND FELT THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROPERLY TRAINED TO USE IT?
PROBABLY NOT, BUT IT'S A LOT CHEAPER TO PRINT OFF SOME POSTERS THAN TO EVER FIND OUT.
Health and safety as a workplace practice is to minimise risk, be it risk of someone hurting themselves, damaging property, and so on. The threat of 'we might get sued' might be a minimal one like you say, but it's entirely plausible (have you had an accident at work that wasn't your fault? no win no fee) so having a clear SOP built into every single thing that is done at your workplace is an effective way to defend against that, while also simply informing everyone.
It might seem ridiculous, to us but as others have pointed out, there's probably a lot of none-british working in these places who might realistically have never used a toaster. Bear in mind most Americans have never used an electric kettle, so I'd not be surprised if Romanians all grill their bread instead of having a separate unit for it.