Workplace injuries are fairly common; all working environments have an element of risk attached to them. Although your employer is responsible for your health and safety, you also have to take some of the responsibility to protect yourself from risks. It can be as easy as putting on the correct equipment or reading a sign to avoid injury.
Appropriate Training to avoid workplace injuries
Health and safety training is a legal requirement and your employer must ensure you have received adequate instruction and training in the workplace. Basic health and safety law requires your employer to reduce all risks and control hazards which means there should be a health and safety training programme in place. In addition, your employer must maintain all equipment, provide you adequate training on how to use it, show you how to lift heavy objects and train you to prevent any possible incidence of injury or accident. If you encounter a situation that you feel you are untrained for, consult with your employer to ensure that you receive adequate instruction before carrying on with a task. If there is no training programme in place and workplace injuries are a regular occurrence, your employer is breaking the law.
Be Aware of Your Environment
Look around you, make sure that you have cleared all obstacles when lifting heavy objects and, most of all, take your time. Slips, trips and falls are the most common of the workplace injuries we encounter at Accident Advice Helpline so be sure to try and walk in clear pathways and move any objects which you should encounter. There should be clear signage if there is a spillage so be sure to keep your eye out for this. Additionally, wear any personal protective equipment (PPE) given to you as it is there to protect you. If your employer has improperly trained you, not maintained equipment or has not given you any PPE and you suffer an accident, there may be negligence and you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have received no formal training or you have reduced the risk of accidents or workplace injuries to the best of your ability, then your employer may have been negligent. We have a team of trained advisors who can help you claim personal injury compensation should you suffer an injury which is not your fault. We operate on a no win, no fee* basis so you will not be liable to pay anything until your compensation is won.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown