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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

    What hours should you work to keep from burning out?


    We all know our limits in relation to energy and assertiveness. When we exceed or push these boundaries, accidents at work can occur. These dangers not only pose a threat to you, but to your colleagues too. With this in mind, it is important that you take precautions to keep from burning out.

    Laws to help you keep from burning out

    There are legal regulations in place regarding working hours. The most recent amendment to this is given on Gov.uk, which reads:

    • ‘You can’t work more than 48 hours a week on average – normally averaged over 17 weeks. This law is sometimes called the ‘working time directive’ or ‘working time regulations’.
    • ‘You can choose to work more by opting out of the 48-hour week.
    • ‘If you’re under 18, you can’t work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.’

    While the directive is clearly optional for adults over the age of 18, that doesn’t mean to say that working more than these recommended hours is wise in relation to your health and safety.

    If you aim to keep from burning out, you should take the directive as guidance. Ensure you are not, quite literally, working yourself sick, no matter how integral or important your role is to your organisation.

    Other ways to keep from burning out

    In addition to moderation of working, to keep from burning out you should sleep well, exercise often and eat a healthy, rounded diet. Living a healthy lifestyle will help you keep from burning out at work.

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    Claiming compensation for accidents at work

    If you have been involved in an accident at work, and you believe that your employer is to blame, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.

    All employers have a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. In the case that you suffer an occupational illness or injury due to their negligence, they can be held liable.

    All work-related injuries and illnesses are unique, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of work accidents.

    For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today. Call us on freephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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