Laws surrounding working hours are in place to protect both employers and employees. When you are asked to work outside normal hours, there are some implications to take into consideration to minimise the risk of accidents at work.
What to consider when asked to work outside normal hours
When you are asked to work outside normal hours, it is important to remember that in most cases you should not, by law, be working more than 48-hour weeks. This is averaged out over a 17 week period, however, if you generally work long hours, you should keep a count of where your average weekly time sits.
In addition, you are also entitled to a 20-minute rest break for each six-hour period that you work. If you work late, you must also take an 11-hour daily rest break from the end of your last shift to the start of your next shift.
All employees are also entitled to a 24-hour uninterrupted rest break each week, or a 48-hour uninterrupted rest break each fortnight.
These laws are in place to improve health and safety in the workplace, minimise the chance of sustaining a work-related injury or illness, and protect the employee from being exploited. When you are asked to work outside normal hours, you should take this into account and consider the legalities, as well as your own judgement of your well-being.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
If you have been involved in an accident at work, caused due to the pressure of working outside of your normal hours, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.
All employees have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their employees. When they fail in this duty of care, for whatever reason, they can be held liable for your occupational ailment.
All accidents at work are unique, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss the basis of your claim with you, one on one. Following this, we can help you determine both your eligibility to claim and where liability may lie.
Getting in touch with us
For more information, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our specialist advisors today via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: October 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice