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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How Companies Should Be Responsible For Their Employees


    When people go to work there are certain things they should expect. While it is hard to totally eradicate risks there are certain basic things that companies can do to reduce risks and improve overall safety.

    With a few basic tips it is possible for companies to make the working environment safer and to make sure they are responsible for the well-being of their employees as much as possible.

    First Aid

    There ought to be at least one person in a working environment with first aid training. In the event of someone hurting themselves it helps to have someone available to ensure that they get the appropriate treatment and that somebody who is fully trained is responsible for that treatment.

    As well as making sure you have someone with the correct training they also need to have specific contents within the first aid kit on-site. Recently, legislation has been brought in to standardise the contents of first aid kits – smaller ones should have the right products for injuries in the office while medium and large size kits are more appropriate for factories and industrial environments.

    Training

    Employees need to have the right kind of training; especially when carrying out duties such as heavy lifting. People need to be taught the correct techniques to reduce the risk of back injuries (these can result in people being off work for months at a time, costing companies a lot of money in the process).

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    When training employees you have to remember some people learn at different rates so always make sure people know what they are doing and encourage them to ask questions if they do not understand.

    Protective Clothing

    It is important that people have the correct protective clothing and safety equipment. This is equally true for people visiting dangerous environments as it is for the people working in them. Another good example is protective headgear for people who work in loud environments to prevent tinnitus and hearing damage.

    Appropriate Break Times

    Companies need to be aware of the dangers of repetitive activity. Risks can include RSI or vibration white finger in the case of people using vibrating tools. It is also important to be aware that short bursts of high vibration can also be dangerous. As with anything, you need to strike the right balance.

    Why You Should Contact Accident Advice Helpline

    While it is important for people to be aware of their own actions and their own personal risk, companies need to be aware of their responsibilities. If you were injured at work due to circumstances that could have been prevented then you could be entitled to compensation.

    If you would like to know more about whether or not you can make a claim then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. We can talk to you through the process and give you an idea of how much you could be able to claim. With are large, UK-wide legal team, we can find the ideal representation to suit your needs. Contact us today and find out how we can help you!

    Date Published: November 3, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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