Ministry of Defence (MOD) employees include 67,600 casual and permanent civilian personnel, as well as 168,080 personnel, trained and untrained, within the regular forces. Although not including mobilised or full time reservists or Gurkhas, regular force numbers can be broken down as follows:
- Army 98,030
- Royal Air Force 36,370
- Royal Navy 33,680
The law and the Ministry of Defence
As both the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act and the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act apply to all of the Ministry of Defence, armed forces in the UK and MOD agencies, although the act does not apply to activities and operations carried out abroad.
The Ministry of Defence has, like any other employer, the responsibility to prevent accidents at work and protect the health and safety of its employees.
Ministry of Defence responsibilities
Although some exceptions concerning military activities and matters of national security may be applied, the Ministry of Defence subsequently has the responsibility to:
- Provide adequate training (and ensure potentially hazardous training can be carried out safely)
- Provide proper, well maintained equipment to ensure tasks and operations are not at risk of defective or unsuitable equipment causing work injuries
- Provide suitable, well maintained personal protective equipment and training in the use thereof where and whenever necessary
- Prevent work accidents by providing training in manual handling and safe working procedures
- Minimise the risk of injuries by slips, trips and falls
- Minimise the risk of exposure to hazardous materials
- Minimise the risk of potential vibration related injuries
This considered, the Ministry of Defence has all legal responsibilities and a duty of care to protect workers and accidents in the workplace that are expected of all other employers.
When something happens
If you suffer an injury at work while in Ministry of Defence employment, you may subsequently be entitled to work injury compensation.
Entitlement to industrial injury compensation depends on several factors. First of all, the injury must have been sustained within the past three years. It must also have been:
- Sustained within Great Britain and not as part of a military action or matters concerning national security
- Caused by someone other than yourself; a mistake made by a colleague, inadequate training or negligence by the MOD, for example
- Reported to the relevant authority at the time of the workplace accident
You can learn more about claiming for compensation by visiting Accident Advice Helpline’s website or calling our confidential Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. A law firm with 15 years’ experience, all our cases are dealt with in a professional manner, under 100 per cent no-win no-fee agreements.