Workplace accidents have the potential to occur at any time, anywhere and your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe at work. This includes providing you with the training you need to carry out your role safely and ensuring that health and safety procedures are in place and are followed in the workplace. If you’ve been hurt at work in Scotland, or anywhere else in the UK, you might want to report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). They will normally investigate complaints received and this could tell you whether or not your employer has been negligent.
Employer negligence is unfortunately not uncommon – whilst most employers take good care of their staff, there will always be those who cut corners to save time and money when it comes to health and safety. But neglecting duties could lead to employees being hurt at work; in Scotland 20 people were killed in accidents at work between 2013 and 2014. Whilst that’s a decrease on the previous year’s figures, workplace safety is still something which needs to be improved.
Accidents at work – have you been affected?
If you’ve been hurt at work in Scotland, you may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation if your employer is deemed to have been negligent. Here are a few examples of negligence:
- Failing to maintain or repair machinery
- Not following health and safety procedures
- Failure to provide staff with training necessary to do their jobs safely
- Not providing employees with personal protective equipment
- Poor safety standards in the working environment – such as broken tiled floors, lack of lighting etc.
- Failing to act on concerns/complaints from employees about hazards
If your employer has been negligent, why should you have to suffer as a result? Claim the compensation you deserve by contacting a personal injury lawyer.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
When choosing a personal injury lawyer, you want a firm which specialises in personal injury claims – Accident Advice Helpline has been doing just that since 2000, and we have hundreds of satisfied customers. We’re proud to be endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, and we’ve helped employees just like you to claim the compensation they deserve for accidents at work. You could make a claim today or simply find out more about what’s involved by calling our freephone helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice. Our line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and all our professional personal injury advisers are very friendly and patient.
Date Published: February 7, 2015
Author: David Brown