Have you suffered spinal injuries in the workplace? Any workplace has the potential to be dangerous if proper measures are not taken to ensure its safety and security. For example a factory could be dangerous if the floor is wet and slippery and someone falls over and cracks their spine on something as they go down.
Of course, a fall from height on a building site might be more closely associated with potential spinal injuries, but other seemingly more minor incidents can lead to the same result. Someone might fall off a ladder that is inappropriate for use in a certain situation for instance.
Spinal injuries in the workplace are always investigated because of their relative severity. As such the Health and Safety Executive will examine the scene and what occurred. They will determine whether negligence played a part in causing the accident to happen.
How could negligence cause an accident like this to occur?
Every employer must make sure the workplace they operate is safe for everyone to use. It doesn’t matter what kind of workplace it is. All that matters is that everything is risk-assessed to identify potential problems or hazards so they can be dealt with. This reduces the chances of anything going wrong.
While the majority of employers do everything they can to meet (and indeed surpass) these rules and regulations, some of them do fall short. When this happens there is a greater chance that a situation could arise where someone might be hurt in an accident. If evidence of negligence on the part of the employer then comes to light, it can lead to a better chance of compensation being paid.
Avoiding spinal injuries in the workplace
Clearly avoidance is far better than suffering the potentially-dangerous outcome of having such injuries happen to you.
By making sure all health and safety regulations are adhered to and followed in every detail, the odds of something going wrong will be far reduced and removed.
However if you have still suffered an accident of this type at work in the last three years, you do have an opportunity to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our free 24/7 enquiry line is here when you need it on 0800 689 0500.
Alternatively we also have a 30-second online test you can try, so make sure you check out the options today.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen