Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their employees are in a safe working environment that is regularly monitored for hazards. Health and safety legislation specifies the responsibilities of an employer and states that risk assessments must be a regular occurrence in every workplace. Even in environments which seem safe, there may be risks therefore employers need to take every possible scenario into account.
Situations which could put employees at risk of an injury should be controlled by any means possible to keep people safe and protected from hazards. This means that employers should issue protective clothing, protective equipment and appropriate training where necessary. They should also be carrying out risk assessments regularly to ensure that any new equipment or practices in the workplace are accounted for.
High-risk employees should also be assessed regularly, including pregnant women and those over a certain age if the work is strenuous. There should also be specific training procedures in place to ensure that workers are safe when carrying out day to day activities. If an accident occurs and there have been failings in health and safety, you could be seriously injured. You could claim compensation for being unable to work.
Health and safety failures
Some workplaces are more hazardous than others which means that there should be more risk assessments taking place. Equipment should be monitored and repaired regularly and any machinery should be in working condition.
Employers should appoint someone (or several) members of staff to carry out the necessary risk assessments. If there are failures in health and safety, you could be left with a life-changing injury. You could claim compensation for being unable to work.
How to make a claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation and can help you make your claim if you are injured in the workplace. If you are unable to work, you may be experiencing some financial difficulty, depending on your circumstances.
Should this be the case, we can help you make a claim for some compensation which could help you financially through a difficult transition. Call us free to discuss making your claim.
Date Published: December 12, 2014