In order to establish what constitutes an injury at work, it helps to understand the difference between accidents at work that simply happen to occur on the premises, and work-related accidents.
A work-related accident is an accident that has been contributed to by the work activity and any one or all of the following factors:
- The manner in which the work was performed
- The site’s condition, where the accident occurred
- Any equipment, machinery, plant or substances involved in the work
What constitutes an injury at work
In other words, what constitutes an injury at work is an injury that occurred while performing your duties. It was caused, or in some way contributed to, by the way in which you carried out those duties, the condition of your place of work, or any equipment you were using at the time.
Non-related vs. related incidents
If, for instance, you were to cut yourself while peeling an apple as a snack during a break, this would not count as an accident related to work. On the other hand, if you work in a kitchen and cut yourself peeling an apple as part of your job, because you were not shown the correct type of knife to use, this would be described as an accident that is related to work.
Your injury in this case would constitute a work injury and you would be eligible for work injury compensation.
There are times when determining whether an injury was indeed caused by a workplace accident that was contributed to by the above-mentioned factors can be difficult.
Lines between work related or non-related incidents can be fine. An injury by tripping at work could, for example, have been caused by the mere fact that your shoelaces were undone. It could, on the other hand, also have been contributed to by a cable stretched across a pathway, in which case a work injury claim could be justified.
Accident Advice Helpline
Having dealt with work injury claims for over 15 years, our advisors and solicitors have the ability to quickly determine what constitutes an injury at work and whether a claim for compensation has a chance of being brought to a successful conclusion.
If you were injured at work and believe you may have a claim, call us on 0800 689 0500 or if using a mobile 0333 500 0993. We will help you establish whether your case qualifies for a claim and, if it does, have the skills and know-how to quickly and efficiently get you the compensation due to you.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice