Every day there are people across the country who get up and head to work. While many people work nine to five across the week from Monday to Friday, others might work shifts or work at the weekend. In any case people usually complete their day’s work and then return home without issue. Injury and illness at work are actually very rare; it’s just that cases where things go wrong tend to be in the news, so we are more aware of them.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of several companies that hear from people who have suffered from injury and illness at work. For example there are situations where people end up working in unsafe workplaces and are injured as a result. While they are rare, there are uncommon instances where an employer is found to have been negligent in their responsibilities to their employees.
Examples of illnesses people can suffer in the workplace
Obviously illnesses can vary depending on the workplace involved and the work that is completed there. However, there are instances where things can potentially go wrong. There are illnesses associated with exposure to asbestos that can shorten a person’s life for example. In other cases people might suffer from asthma if they are in a workplace where they inhale dust and get little fresh air during the average workday. The employer has a duty of care to make sure their workplace is safe and does not put the health of any worker at risk at any time.
This all sounds quite worrying but in the vast majority of instances people are perfectly safe in their work. Employers know they must adhere to all the health and safety rules and as such there is little chance of them flouting these rules.
Could you seek compensation?
If you have an illness or injury you sustained at work and you think your employer should have done something to prevent it, it is always worth getting proper legal advice to determine your position. It can be difficult to work out whether you have a case if you go it alone, which is why we would recommend calling us.
If you decide to do this, get your no-obligation advice today from Accident Advice Helpline. All it takes is a single call to 0800 689 0500, free of charge, to find out if you have a good case to make.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen