When we have health and safety training at work, how many of us can honestly say we pay 100% of our attention? We should do – health and safety is a serious issue, and not only do you take responsibility for your own safety at work, your employer has responsibilities to keep you safe too.
Your employer should:
- Ensure that machinery and equipment is regularly inspected and safe to use
- Make sure the working environment is clean and safe
- Fix problems or faults promptly
- Provide PPE to staff if required
- Provide safety equipment such as guardrails and harnesses where needed
- Make sure that all staff receive adequate training to carry out their role safely
So if you’ve been injured at work and your employer has failed to meet their responsibilities, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation.
The dangers of working at height
Working at height is the number one causes of fatalities in the workplace, but it doesn’t have to be a dangerous activity. If it is absolutely necessary that work at height is carried out – for example, if you’re repairing a roof or working on a refurbishment project – then safety equipment must be provided to mitigate the risks of a fall. For example:
- Covers or guardrails should be fitted on roof lights
- Guardrails should be provided for scaffolding and roofs, to prevent workers falling
- Safety harnesses should be used, or a safety net to reduce the impact of a fall
Unprotected workers who are injured after a fall from height could claim personal injury compensation due to employer negligence. If you’ve been seriously injured, your settlement could be a substantial one. You could find out right now how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking the 30-second test on our website.
Loss of earnings
If you’ve suffered serious injuries at work after a fall from height, chances are you won’t be returning to work for some time.
Unprotected workers should seriously consider claiming personal injury compensation for their loss of earnings, to help your family through a difficult financial time.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so we can help you claim the compensation you deserve, without worrying about legal fees.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about the service we offer and how we can help you claim.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen