Are you worried if you’re covered if you’re an apprentice and you injure yourself? The following should explain who is responsible for what and what this means to you if you are an apprentice and you injure yourself while at work or engaged in off-the-job training elements.
Under health and safety laws, employers have the same responsibilities towards apprentices as they have towards other young people working for them. This means they must assess and minimise potential risks of apprentices being injured by accidents at work.
England and Wales
In cases where apprenticeship training agencies and or other training providers are involved in finding hosts for and arranging apprenticeships in England and Wales, this responsibility is shared between the host (employer), and the relevant agency or training provider.
Foundation and modern apprenticeships in Scotland
Those participating in modern apprenticeships are considered as employed and must subsequently be protected against work accidents by their employers.
If third parties are involved in the organisation, funding or provision of off-the-job training elements, these parties are primarily responsible for apprentices’ health and safety while participating in such off-the-job elements. Therefore, they should therefore be managing significant risks of injuries at work. Employers here need to ensure that these third parties are doing this.
Foundation apprenticeships, undertaken by students still at school spending time with companies offering vocational work experience, are considered as work experience. Here, the employer, the organisation providing the work experience, is primarily responsible for the prevention of workplace accidents.
Are you covered if you are an apprentice and you injure yourself?
Every step necessary to prevent you being injured at work must be taken by the relevant authority. In other words, if you are an apprentice and you injure yourself at work, or during off-the-job training, through no fault on your part, you are indeed covered. Your employer or the responsible provider, or agency, could be held liable for your work injuries.
What this means to you
Basically, this liability means that if you are an apprentice and you injure yourself in a training or work-related accident for which someone else was responsible, you could qualify for a work injury claim.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice