It was a case of health and safety gone mad when 85 year-old pensioner, Charlotte Cubitt, was informed of a new a precaution to prevent accidents at work for council workers.
Avoiding an unlikely work-related injury is a weak excuse for not lifting the TV of pensioner
When Mrs Cubitt wanted to replace her old TV in 2011, she called upon the services of the council to remove her old TV from her home in Colchester, Essex. Paying a small fee for the service, the pensioner was outraged to discover that she was expected to lift and remove the TV herself, to the pavement, in order for collection to take place.
With a team of working-age men on duty, who were physically capable of performing the task, Mrs Cubitt protested but was instructed by the council that she must find her own help from neighbours, friends, or relatives. Lifting Mrs Cubitt’s television could cause the removal men an injury from overexertion.
Realistic accidents in the workplace
While the case of Mrs Cubitt is an extreme, thousands of the employed population are injured each year at work. Although this case demonstrates over-cautious health and safety measures, it is important that employers enforce comprehensive policies, and safety measures, in the workplace to protect employees and minimise the risk of a work-related injury.
Depending on the nature of the role, common accidents at work include slips, trips and falls, vehicle collisions, and hazardous substance misuse.
Personal injury claims
When you incur an injury at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that you receive adequate training for your role, that your place of work is hazard-free, and that your general health and safety is assured.
When your employer doesn’t meet this legal requirement and you can prove that this caused your injury, it is likely that you have a case eligible for personal injury compensation.
How to claim work-injury compensation
Claiming compensation can be a complicated process if you have little experience and are emotionally involved in the case. It is best to work with a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, who will assign your claim to a suitable solicitor from their extensive legal team.
Before commencing with legal proceedings, Accident Advice Helpline will assess the eligibility of your case to ensure that you stand the best possible chance of a successful claim. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 11, 2013
Author: David Brown