A great deal of accidents at work could be prevented if wrong-doings by employers or fellow workers were reported as and when they are observed. Unfortunately, guilt and embarrassment often stop people reporting incidents or situations that could lead to potentially serious work accidents. In some cases, work injuries are also not reported immediately for fear of being laughed at.
Embarrassment and guilt
Some situations remain unreported because workers feel guilty about ‘telling’ on someone else. Others keep silent about their injuries at work because they are embarrassed about possibly being called a ‘cry baby’ or other, similarly silly names. Whatever the reason for feeling embarrassment and guilt may be, allowing these emotions to stop you from taking the necessary steps to highlight potentially dangerous situations or report a work related accident is utterly counter-productive. Here is why:
- Preventing mishaps
Not reporting mistakes, incidents of misconduct or negligence on your employer’s part, for example, out of embarrassment or guilt means nothing gets done to improve the situation. By letting these emotions take over, you are basically allowing others and yourself to be exposed to the risk of a potentially serious work-related accident.
- Unreported injuries
In a similar way, reporting an injury at work may lead to an investigation that could result in future workplace accidents being prevented. What’s more, sustaining a workplace injury through no fault of your own may entitle you to work injury compensation. If you did not report your work-related injury at the time you sustained it out of embarrassment, for example, you will not be able to claim compensation for it even if the injury later turns out to have more serious consequences than you expected. This could leave you and your family in serious financial difficulties.
The moral of the tale
In short, whether you feel guilty or embarrassed about it or not, work accidents and accidents waiting to happen should always be reported to the relevant authorities as soon as possible. This will not only make it possible to prevent potential industrial accidents, it will also make it possible for you to claim for compensation if you were hurt.
Where to go
If you were injured at work through someone else’s misconduct, mistake or negligence and had the sense to overcome your feelings of embarrassment or guilt and make the necessary accident report, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential advice and legal assistance by experienced in-house lawyers.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice