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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    In focus: Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


    Accidents in the workplace can be a serious, debilitating and expensive occurrence for employees and business owners alike. The injured member of staff may well incur damage to both their physical and mental health whilst the employers will be faced with a depleted workforce. It is little wonder, then, that stringent health and safety laws are in place to guard against accidents in the workplace.

    Avoiding accidents at work – the law

    British health and safety law is rooted in the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. The Act lays out the responsibilities and duties employers have to both their staff and members of the public and that staff have to themselves and each other. Further clarifications and specifications were made with the introduction of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations in 1999

    Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – the main bits

    Essentially, the regulations were built on the ideas covered in the 1974 Act and stated in more explicit detail what employers were required to do in order to guard against accidents and injuries at work.

    Many of the regulations focused around the introduction of risk assessments and how the owners of organisations, employing five or more people, needed to record any significant findings discovered during a risk assessment.

    Companies are also required to implement the health and safety measures deemed necessary to deal with issues highlighted in the risk assessment and appoint designated persons to ensure that these arrangements are implemented.

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    Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – the rest

    The regulations also spelt out employer’s responsibilities regarding:

    • Setting up emergency procedures.
    • The provision of clear information and training to staff members to ensure these procedures are understood.
    • Working in tandem with employees sharing the workplace to ensure the environment is safe and that the risk of accidents in the workplace is minimal.

    Of course, no matter what measures and regulations are put in place, workplace accidents can, and do, still happen. If you suffer an injury at work that:

    • Occurred within the last three years.
    • Required medical attention.
    • Was demonstrably not your fault.

    Then our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether you have a claim for work accident compensation. From the initial consultation, they can see your accident claim through to a conclusion and are usually able to settle outside court.

    Date Published: February 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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