Working in a hair salon is hard work. You may have to meet plenty of clients during a busy day, perhaps even putting hair colour on one person and then cutting the hair of another client while the first client waits for the colour to take. You need to be organised, experienced and friendly and you could well be busy throughout the entire day.
The one thing you wouldn’t expect would be to be injured as a result of doing your work. Fortunately hairdressers are well-trained and they will know how to apply the rules of health and safety to their particular job.
However this does not mean there is never a chance for an injury to potentially occur. Injured hair salon staff might also lose out on money if they have to have time off to cope with and recover from their injuries.
Examples of what might happen
Often the hair salon will be owned by someone other than the hair stylists. Each stylist or hairdresser will rent a chair for use each week. Thus the owner of the salon has a duty to make sure they provide a salon that is safe to use and does not contravene any health and safety (or other) laws.
If this is not the case, there could be an increased risk of injured hair salon staff receiving injuries in a way that could have been prevented and was not their fault. For instance the owner may be aware the floor needs replacing because it is uneven, slippery and potentially dangerous. However if they do not do this and a member of staff slips over and hurts themselves, they could be found liable and have to pay them compensation.
What should you do if you have been hurt?
It can be difficult to work out how to react if you are injured at work. Firstly you should always remember to get the accident recorded in the accident book. If there isn’t one, make sure you have a witness to this, as there should be one present by law. Getting the details in the accident book means there is a proper record to refer to later on.
Once you have received medical attention, call 0800 689 0500 to speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline. This could be the best way to find out whether a compensation payment is possible.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead