Most people are aware of the Health and Safety Executive and of the work it does to ensure all manner of workers can do their jobs in safe and efficient surroundings. Very few people are affected by constant safety failings at work; where errors and oversights do happen they are generally corrected very quickly. A risk assessment is done to assess whether any hazards are present and this will identify whether any changes need to be made.
There are cases where businesses are found to have neglected their health and safety duties and there has subsequently been a situation where a worker has had an accident that could have been prevented from happening. Negligence can support a strong case for compensation to be made, and this has occurred in many instances.
How might safety failings occur?
Constant safety failings at work tend to occur when a business owner or company director does not pay proper attention to their health and safety responsibilities. There may be no proper health and safety department or person in charge of this area. Perhaps they do not want to spend money on the maintenance of equipment or other items in the business. As such the people working in that business could potentially be put at risk.
Accident Advice Helpline has spoken with people who have found themselves suffering the after-effects of an accident that has occurred through no fault of their own. If negligence through a lack of health and safety is found to have caused the accident, a compensation claim could be launched against the company.
Constant failings equal constant danger
When equipment is not maintained, or a company premises is not made safe to work in at all times, there is a constant and clear potential danger to everyone who works there. This can be stressful for those working there and it can lead to an incident occurring that could have been prevented.
If you’ve been injured and you believe this was the case, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now. Our free 24/7 enquiry line is the first step towards discovering whether you can make a no win, no fee* compensation claim. Call now to speak with a professional advisor so you know where you stand and whether you might win your claim. It takes just a moment to make that call.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen