Employers have a legal duty to prevent employees being injured at work. This includes providing adequate training in safety and manual handling procedures and, where necessary, suitable equipment to assist with the heavy lifting at work.
Employees in turn are also responsible for their own and other people’s safety. By following instructions; adhering to health and safety rules and using equipment provided, as and when required, employees can help a great deal in the prevention of accidents at work.
Lack of training or equipment
Employees can claim for work injury compensation following a lifting or other manual handling accident at work if:
- They were not provided with adequate manual handling and/or safety training
- Equipment enabling safe lifting of heavy loads was not provided
- The lifting accident occurred within the last 3 years
In other words, if you sustained a injury lifting at work because your employer failed in his duty to protect or train you, you can claim for industrial injury compensation.
Steps you should take
After a work-related accident, you should take the following steps:
- Report the workplace accident to the relevant personnel, such as your supervisor, manager or first aid officer immediately
- Make sure the incident and all relevant information, including date and time, when, where, how and why the manual handling accident occurred, and names and contact details of witnesses, are entered into your company’s accident report book
- If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident, the object you were lifting when your injury occurred and your injury
- Seek medical attention even if the personal injury you sustained appears to be minor to begin with
Securing the assistance of a solicitor
Finally, contact Accident Advice Helpline via our Freephone number or website and enlist the help of our long-established law firm.
Why our law firm?
Recommended by our patron, consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, Accident Advice Helpline has been successfully helping employees injured in the workplace get the compensation they deserve for many years.
Specialising in particular sectors of personal injury claims, including work-related accidents, slips, trips and falls; road traffic accidents, for example, each member of our nationwide legal team has years of experience and will be able to deal with your claim quickly, efficiently and mostly over the phone.
As claims are conducted on a no-win no-fee* basis, you also do not have to worry about fitting the cost of a claim into a potentially already tight budget. Call us today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice