Is your boss being negligent when it comes to ensuring your safety at work? Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their staff and environment.
Failure to do so can easily lead to an accident at work, which can prove to be costly in a physical sense for the employee, and a financial one for the company.
Is your boss being negligent?
Your boss may well be being negligent if they are failing to take care of some of the following areas.
- Equipment: All equipment you use at work should be up to date and safe to use. This is particularly important in environments such as construction and building sites, where an accident caused by faulty equipment can have disastrous consequences. The tools and machines used on these sites need to be subjected to regular, thorough inspections. However, it’s not just physically demanding jobs that require safe equipment. Small changes like having ergonomic keyboards and supportive chairs in office jobs can go a long way to preventing a number of repetitive strain injuries.
- The atmosphere and working culture: Employers have a responsibility to create and foster an environment where employees don’t have to feel as though they need to work through lunch, stay chained to their desk or deliver results above all else. Not only is this detrimental to office morale, it can also have a negative effect on the mental health of members of staff. Furthermore, tired and stressed minds are more likely to make mistakes. At best, these mistakes could have a minor impact on the business. At worst, they could cause a serious accident at work.
- The physical work environment: From proper banisters on stairs and signposted fire exits to secure flooring and no trip hazards, it’s the responsibility of your employer to ensure that all potential risks to health at work are minimised. This also includes things like having the right number of first aid and fire safety officers on the staff and in the office at all times. It also means ensuring fire-fighting equipment like extinguishers and blankets are present and all new employees are given an induction covering evacuation procedures etc.
How to make a claim
If you’re hurt at work because of negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline to get your work injury compensation claim started. Speak to our experts on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice