Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive suggest that around 27 million working days are lost in the UK each year due to work-related illness and injuries caused by accidents at work. If you’ve been injured at work and your employer was to blame, you may wish to claim work accident compensation.
How many work breaks are you allowed?
All UK employers are required to comply with measures to protect their employees from work-related injury and illness. If you’re working a long day, breaks are necessary to allow you to eat, have a drink, stretch your legs and generally just give your body and mind a rest from daily work tasks. The government recommends at least one 20-minute break (this should be undisturbed) per 6 hours of work. In addition to this, workers should have at least 11 hours of rest between shifts and 24 hours of rest per working week or 48 hours per fortnight.
Individual work contracts may indicate how many work breaks you are allowed. Some contracts may state that an employee can take additional breaks, and more frequent breaks are often granted at the employer’s discretion. If you feel that you’re not being given enough time off during the day or the working week by your employer, check your contract to see how many work breaks you are allowed and raise the issue with your employer.
What are the risks of working long hours?
Working long hours without regular rest periods can increase the risk of work accidents and work-related injuries, including:
- road traffic accidents
- falls from height
- injuries caused by machinery and tools
- slips, trips and falls
- repetitive strain injury (RSI)
If you think you’re working longer hours than you should or you’re not allowed to take regular breaks, speak to your employer. If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t to blame, you may be able to claim work accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for more information about the claims process and to determine if you have a viable work injury claim. We work on a no win, no fee* basis and we take care of all the hard work for you; the vast majority of our clients never have to attend court proceedings and we carry out consultations over the telephone for your convenience.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown