Accidents at work: You and the law
In the United Kingdom we are fortunate enough to have accidents at work law policies that protect employees. Our health and safety is safeguarded. All employers have a responsibility to provide a safe environment and protect our health.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAW or HSW) is the main piece of legislation that covers occupational health and safety in the UK. The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for the implementation and regulation of the Act and other laws and policies regarding health and safety at work.
The main points of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974:
- The employer should provide adequate training.
- Noise, temperature, dust and fumes should be within safe/suitable levels.
- Protective clothing and equipment where applicable.
- Machinery and equipment should be safe to use and maintained regularly.
Employees also have a responsibility in ensuring a safe work environment. Procedures and protocol should be followed at all times.
Other policies to help prevent accidents at work law have also been introduced to help create a safe working environment. These include:
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Instructs employers to carry out risk assessments and act accordingly. There should be regular reviews and is intended to highlight health, safety and fire risks.
Workplace Regulation 1992
The regulation covers the working environment including ventilation, temperature, condition of floors, work stations and seating etc.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
These regulations deals with serious accidents at work law dictates employers and people in control of premises to report work-related deaths and major injuries. Occupational diseases should also be reported. It also instructs that all records of such incidents must be kept for at least 3 years.
Other regulations for accidents at work law
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
- The Manual Handling Operations 1992.
- Personal Protective Equipment Work Regulations 1992.
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
- Fire Precautions Regulations 1999.
- Health and Safety Regulations 1998.
- Noise at Work Regulations 1989.
The purpose of all these regulations is to safeguard the health, safety and well-being of all employees. They should minimise the risk of illness and accidents at work law specialists will be able to talk you through the relevant regulations or law with regards to your personal injury that you sustained in the workplace.
If you feel that the personal injury (or occupational illness) you have sustained is due to your employer not following the relevant accidents at work law then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can appoint you a solicitor who has experience in handling cases with regards to accidents at work. They will be familiar with all the relevant laws and regulations and will be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 5659.