Figures released recently by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that the number of workplace-related injuries and deaths has actually fallen in 2013-2014, but this doesn’t mean that more can’t be done to improve workplace safety. Between 2013 and 2014, 6,871 people were injured at work in Scotland, with 20 people killed.
Employers, contractors and self-employed professionals all take responsibility for safety in the workplace, and whilst it is your employer’s duty to keep you safe at work, employees do take some responsibility for their own safety too. Workplace injuries in Scotland don’t just happen in industry, they can happen in almost any sector, whether you work in a legal office or in a busy factory with heavy machinery.
Workplace injuries in Scotland may have decreased this year, but your employer still has a duty to keep you safe at work, and if they fail to do so and you are injured, you could claim personal injury compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as any loss of earnings. Don’t forget that a three year time limit applies for all personal injury claims – miss this and you may be unable to claim the compensation you deserve.
Where do workplace injuries occur?
It’s easy to think that it’s just factory and industry workers who could be involved in a workplace accident – there is the potential for accidents to occur no matter where you work. From suffering a slip, trip or fall in an office to being affected by industrial deafness, workplace injuries can occur in any role. You could claim compensation for your injuries if it can be proven that your accident occurred as a direct result of your employer’s negligence.
Contact us today – we can help you
The team at Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you claim the compensation you deserve, however you have been injured at work. From HAVS to a fall from height, we can usually tell you quickly whether you have a viable claim, and we offer a 100% no win, no fee service. There’s no obligation to proceed with a claim and you can call us for confidential, no-obligation advice on 0800 689 0500. So whether you’re ready to make a claim or simply want to talk to someone about your situation first, call our freephone helpline now to speak to a member of our experienced team. Or why not take the 30-second test on our website, to find out how much you could claim?
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown