While employers are held responsible for the health and safety of their employees and must do everything in their power to prevent accidents at work, employees can and should also do all possible to ensure their risk of injuries at work is reduced and make their workplace safer.
Some of the actions employees can take to ensure they do not cause work accidents likely to injure them or colleagues include:
- Not wearing loose fitting clothing or jewellery when operating machinery
- Wearing provided personal protective clothing or equipment as and when necessary
- Adhering to training and safe working procedures
- Following instructions
- Not operating machinery or equipment they are not trained to work on/with
Workers can also help prevent slip, trip or fall injuries at work by:
- Ensuring pathways, stairs and corridors are kept free of clutter
- Mopping spills up immediately
- Clearly marking wet areas including entrances in wet weather or floors after cleaning, are with appropriate signs and cones, for example
- Reporting defective equipment immediately
- Refraining from behaving inappropriately
- Using the right equipment for any specific job
- Not misusing or abusing equipment
Informing employers of any illness, injuries or pregnancies will also assist them in preventing work related injuries or illnesses by assigning affected employees to other, more suitable duties for their condition.
When employers or colleagues fail
Should you suffer an injury at work because your employer or another worker has not done their duty in preventing workplace accidents, you could be entitled to work injury compensation. This also applies to work related illnesses, like repetitive strain injuries, for example.
Calling an Accident Advice Helpline advisor will enable you to determine whether or not you are entitled to claim for industrial injury compensation. During your conversation, the adviser will ask you a range of questions concerning the injury you sustained, how and when your office, building site or factory accident happened, and who you believe to be responsible for the incident.
There is no need to worry about what you say during you call, as all calls are treated with the strictest confidentiality. The only person any of your details may be revealed to is the law firm’s in-house solicitor who will be assigned to your case on a no-win no-fee* basis. This solicitor may be able to deal with most of the claim process over the phone and could possible even avoid the claim having to go to court.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information and to start the claims process.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice