Who is to blame for an industrial accident?

A fallen and injured construction worker in a hard hat laying on the ground at a construction work site

In most cases, the employer is to blame for an industrial accident. Employers or business owners are compelled by the law to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all their employees. Several rules and regulations are often put in place to enforce this law.

Accidents are likely to occur when an employer has been slack in his duties. In such cases, the affected employees have a right to claim compensation. They can do this as long as the industrial accident happened as a direct result of their employer’s carelessness and negligence.

This is where we come in. As one of the most trusted personal injury law firms in the UK, we at Accident Advice Helpline take great pride in what we do. We have more than a decade’s experience in helping employees to file successful industrial accident claims against their employers.

Some of our clients have reservations about instigating compensation claims. They are usually afraid of victimisation or of losing their jobs. We normally advise them that every employer in the UK is required to have a public liability insurance policy to deal with such claims. We also remind them that reporting an industrial accident will lead to corrective measures being taken in order to avoid a repeat of such incidents.

Responsibilities of the employer

As the people in charge of their respective workplaces, employers are held responsible for any accidents that happen at work. Employers can prevent such accidents if they take their responsibilities seriously. The following are some of the important responsibilities that employers have:

  • Ensuring that the workplace is safe and healthy for all employees.
  • Ensuring that all employees are adequately informed and trained on how to follow safety procedures in the workplace.
  • Providing protective clothing and equipment for all employees who work in potentially dangerous conditions.
  • Conducting regular risk assessment checks to identify and correct problem areas in order to minimise the risk of accidents.
  • Warning employees of the kind of industrial injury symptoms they should watch out for when working in a potentially hazardous environment, for example, if working in dusty or noisy places.
  • Conducting regular health checks to ensure their employees are in the best of health.
  • Keeping updated accident health records, including an updated workplace accident book.
  • Reporting all incidences of workplace deaths, industrial injuries, dangerous occurrences and occupational diseases to the Health and Safety Executive.

If the employer meets all of the responsibilities above, there is no doubt that the number of industrial accidents in the workplace will reduce. Employees are also advised to adhere strictly to the safety rules while at work.

Contact us today

At Accident Advice Helpline, we provide all of our clients with the most relevant advice concerning their industrial injury compensation claims. Our trained advisers are available 24 hours a day and can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or through our online claim form. We strive to offer our clients the best service possible and we conduct all our business in an accountable and transparent manner.

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