Work experience is an amazing way to get insider knowledge on the industry you are interested in working in. You’ll learn about the job and the industry, meet new people and make contacts that could help you to step into a new role. But when you’re on work experience, you shouldn’t be treated as just another member of staff; your role is to shadow those who are experienced and qualified, and to learn about the job. Being left in charge of machinery or even a project on your own could lead to accidents occurring. If this has happened to you, why not think about making a claim for work experience injury compensation?
Work experience injuries
Whether you have been doing work experience at your local newspaper or in an office, you could be injured if you’re not supervised by a more experienced member of staff. For example, you could be injured by machinery if you’re not confident how to use it – in the case of agricultural or factory roles, these injuries could be life-threatening. Or you could be injured after a fall from height on a building site if you are not accompanied by another member of staff. Perhaps you haven’t been shown how to use safety equipment properly whilst on work experience and this has led to an accident.
It’s the responsibility of the employer to ensure that work experience candidates are safe whilst at their place of work. This means they should be supervised at all times, receive health and safety training and be shown how to use equipment and supplies properly. They should also be provided with safety equipment, if needed to carry out work safely. Accident Advice Helpline knows that not every young person is confident enough to speak up if they’re concerned about health and safety at work, and we’re here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve if your work experience placement has left you injured.
Will this look bad on my CV?
Realistically, nobody is going to know about your personal injury claim unless you tell them about it. The company you worked for will be unlikely to want this news made public, so making a claim for work experience injury compensation should have zero effect on your future career. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you have any further questions about the claims process – that’s why we are here and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton