The last thing you would expect to go through while doing work experience would be an accident of some kind. Today there are many placements for work experience that are taken up by young people looking to get into a particular kind of career. Often this will be a career or job that involves skills of some kind – skills that can be learned during the work experience process.
When someone is on work experience they will be taught various aspects of the job they eventually hope to do full-time. The person or business who employs them has a duty of care to ensure that person is always safe and is trained in the proper manner. They should not be asked to do anything they are not trained to do, or to operate machinery they have not been taught how to use. Work experience injuries are very rare indeed but they can potentially happen if someone does something they are not trained in, or uses machinery that is not fit for the purpose it is intended for. Such injuries could potentially jeopardise that person’s future ability to work in that job, which would be a real shame.
How serious can injuries of this nature be?
A lot depends on what happens. They can range from relatively minor injuries that are a temporary inconvenience to major injuries that could even be life-threatening. Fortunately since employers all have a duty of care to ensure they are able to keep their employees and workers safe at all times, accidents at work are very rare in all cases. This holds true whether the worker is on work experience or not. No one wants to be injured at work and health and safety regulations ensure this is a distinct rarity.
Call us now if you’ve been injured during work experience
Of course things can happen and if you’ve been injured in the past three years as a result of doing work experience, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline might be in order. Call us on 0800 689 0500, which is our free 24/7 enquiry line. Make sure you speak with one of our friendly team members to determine the facts surrounding your case. An expert lawyer might be able to go through the no win, no fee* claims process with you to seek compensation for injuries you may have suffered.
Date Published: March 6, 2015
Author: David Brown