There are all kinds of workplaces people go to each day – offices, factories, outdoor locations and many others as well. In every case health and safety rules dictate that various things should be done to ensure every worker is safe from potential injury. Most businesses have one or more people who deal with health and safety matters to ensure the business is always doing everything it can to protect its employees.
A failure to assess risks at work could be seen as negligence in the health and safety duties every business has to adhere to. These duties are important because the law states certain things must be done to ensure workers are always doing their jobs in safe circumstances.
How might there be a failure to assess risks at work?
This could happen in a number of ways. For example every workplace should have risk assessments performed for all new tasks and jobs that need to be done. When a risk assessment is performed it will involve looking at every aspect of a particular task to see where any potential risks lie. If there are risks involved it may mean approaching the job in a different manner. It could mean additional training is required. It might also mean someone is required to oversee the work when it is done.
As you can see, there are many elements which could potentially be hazardous if the risks present are not properly assessed by those in charge. If an accident should then occur, the situation will be reviewed to determine whether negligence led to the situation being created in the first place.
Does this situation sound familiar to you?
It may well do. People have been known to be injured at work for all manner of different reasons. In some cases these injuries are very minor and of no real concern. We all recognise accidents can happen and not be the fault of anyone at all.
If you’ve been injured within the last three years and you think there could be negligence behind it, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. This is a free number and it will put you through to our expert team. See if we can recommend a professional injury compensation lawyer to help support a no win, no fee* compensation claim. You may end up receiving a payment as a result.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown