Suffering from an accident or illness at work is something that all employers have a legal obligation to guard against. The results of these obligations manifest themselves in any number of ways. There are steps to take if your work environment is making you ill. If you become unwell as a result you may be eligible for compensation.
If your work environment is making you ill, what can you do?
The first step to trying to avoid getting ill at work is to follow a few basic health and safety principles, including the following:
- Take regular breaks – For those who sit at a computer screen for the majority of the working day, it is recommended to take a five-minute break every 25-30 minutes of work. This doesn’t just mean stopping what you’re doing. A proper break means getting up, leaving your desk for 5 minutes, stretching your legs and getting some fresh air.
- Sit up straight – Another one for the office workers. A good chair is just about the most important office accessory you can have. Maintaining a good posture throughout the working day can go a long way to ensuring your back stays healthy and in good condition for many years to come.
- Use Personal Protective Equipment – This one is more aimed at those working on construction sites and in other physical jobs. Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, includes things like protective headphones, safety goggles, gloves, dust masks and steel toe-capped boots.
If you do find that your work environment is making you ill because of defective equipment, a lack of health and safety procedures or any other reason, then it’s worth remembering that you are probably due some work injury or illness compensation.
Making a claim
Whilst injuries at work caused by slips, trips and falls require the claim process to be started within three years of the incident occurring, industrial illnesses are a different matter. Because the effects of things like asbestos can take a number of years to present themselves, claims for this kind of work illness are not subject to the same deadline.
When assessing whether you are due work illness compensation, it’s vitally important to look to the experts for advice and guidance. We at Accident Advice Helpline have over 16 years’ experience in processing personal injury and illness claims. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Our hotline is open to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week so call our expert advisors today for a no-obligation chat. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Accident Advice