It’s your employer’s duty to keep you safe at work, through a combination of training, personal protective equipment (if required) and well-maintained premises and equipment. Safe work procedures ensure that staff are aware of the risks when carrying out tasks and they can also help to prevent illness or injury. Some work tasks carry obvious risks, for example climbing a ladder or working with dangerous machinery, whilst other tasks may not seem as dangerous but could still cause injury, for example, packing and lifting heavy boxes in a retail environment.
Safe work procedures
Work procedures should be regularly reviewed to make sure they are appropriate, and staff should always speak to their managers if they have any concerns about safety or current procedures. For example, procedures which don’t allow staff time to carry out manual lifting properly could lead to back or neck injuries. This is common in warehouses and other fast-paced environments where staff simply don’t have the time to concentrate on proper manual handling procedures, or where equipment is not provided for lifting heavy boxes. With the correct safe work procedures in place, injuries could be avoided, saving employers thousands of pounds.
Claiming for injuries at work
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work and feel a dangerous workplace procedure was to blame, you could claim for compensation. You’ll need to prove that the procedure directly led to your accident and subsequent injury – for example, a procedure which states machinery should only be inspected and maintained once every 3 months could lead to an accident, as regular checks should be carried out and visual inspections should take place on a daily basis when working with dangerous machinery. A personal injury lawyer can help you to claim for compensation, and Accident Advice Helpline can talk you through the claims process, answering any queries you may have.
How we can help
With more than 13 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claims industry, we’re experts at what we do, and our team of specialists can offer confidential, no-obligation advice, or help you to get the ball rolling on your claim. Accident Advice Helpline are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and anyone can afford to use our services, thanks to our 100% no win, no fee offer. We’re open 24/7, so there will always be someone available to take your call, and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable; so no more waiting around to find out. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 and start your claim for the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown