There is often a debate about what is and is not an acceptable risk. Often people running businesses will have an opinion on this whereas the people working for them will have another.
What then complicates this is the legislation designed to keep people protected. It helps to be aware of what is acceptable risk in order to ensure that everyone can work in as safe an environment as possible.
What You Need To Be Aware Of
In some instances you need to be responsible for yourself, therefore if you are new to a business and you’re not sure how to use a lifting platform or whatever equipment is appropriate for a particular task, you should not attempt to do so. Equally you need to act in an appropriate and responsible manner for your surroundings. It would not, for example, be smart to sprint around a factory environment for obvious reasons.
It is also worth noting that sometimes genuine accidents happen; you can accidentally trip over and nobody is at fault. Most people are capable of differentiating between an accident that occurred through somebody’s fault and something that just happens.
Companies need to be sure that people have the appropriate training for the work they do. It is wrong to assume that people can work it out for themselves as working environments will often be very different. It is also important to be aware of what people can and cannot do – if a lifting job is too much for one person then it should be done between two people or with appropriate lifting equipment.
It is also vital that companies check to ensure that all equipment is in good working order. This covers everything from the first aid kit to machinery and if any equipment is damaged then this increases the risk of an injury.
Signs are also something that companies need to display prominently and any chemicals that are used need to be properly labelled. It may sound obvious but if spills are not displayed and someone trips then they can legitimately claim compensation.
People also need to remember that responsibility does not stop on your own ground. For example school trips need to be properly supervised and children need to be looked after as much as reasonably possible.
In the case of working environments you also need to ensure that the outside is kept clean and clear of debris as well. This is especially important in the winter when people could potentially fall on icy surfaces.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you were injured in an accident at work that was not your fault and you did not receive adequate compensation we can help!
Our helpline is available 24 hours a day so you can always talk to one of our consultants to guide you through the claim process.
Remember that company insurance ought to cover this so your business is not losing out if you are claiming compensation that you are entitled to. Contact us today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 to see what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 3, 2013
Author: David Brown