If you have been injured in an accident in the workplace, you may be entitled to make an employer negligence claim, providing that the accident was not your fault. An employer is responsible for health and safety in the workplace and there are strict regulations in the UK governing this area. A failure to provide a safe working environment represents a serious breach of regulations.
There are steps employers can take to ensure compliance with work safety regulations. If a potential for danger exists, an employer should make everyone affected aware of the danger and use prominent signage to highlight areas of danger. If an employer sees one of their employees acting in a way that could be deemed unsafe, they should ask them to desist immediately. An employer does not want an injured worker who may be forced into a situation where they seek accident compensation, costing the business as a result.
Workplace injuries can assume many forms and are not limited to the type of environments people might typically associate with danger, such as manufacturing operations and construction sites. Accidents also occur in environments such as offices; it is all too easy for someone to trip on a loose cable or frayed carpet in the office. Stairway accidents are another type of incident to watch out for. A common injury for office workers is a repetitive strain injury from sitting at an inadequate desk or overuse of a computer, for instance. There are steps an employer can take to prevent repetitive strain injuries, such as proper training and the installation of ergonomic equipment. A spillage in a retail environment is another common danger of which employers in that particular sector need to be mindful. Staff should have appropriate training so they know what to do if a spillage occurs.
Common industrial or construction injuries include vibration white finger and deafness. Vibration white finger, also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, occurs from use over a continuous period of vibrating handheld machinery. Employers should provide proper guidance and training on the use of such machinery in order to prevent costly claims by workers entitled to compensation as a result of injuries.
An employee may feel reluctant to take a claim against their employer for an injury sustained in the workplace, but they should remember that the employer is obliged to provide a safe working environment for staff, and that a failure to do so has legal consequences.
Accident Advice Helpline offer guidance on all types of workplace injuries and boast a strong network of experienced legal practitioners who specialise in personal injury claims. Solicitors who work for Accident Advice Helpline do so on a no win no fee basis 100% of the time, so someone considering a claim for accident compensation does not have to pay any costs upfront. If their case is unsuccessful, they will not have to pay their solicitor any fees. For someone financially constrained owing to an inability to work, it is reassuring that access to justice does not have to be a costly exercise.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to make your claim.
Date Published: October 9, 2013
Author: David Brown