Your employer’s responsibilities if you have an accident at work

A fallen and injured construction worker in a hard hat laying on the ground at a construction work site

Unfortunately, accidents in the workplace do happen, and if you’ve been injured as a result of an accident at work, you should be aware of your employer’s responsibilities. Your employer has a duty to protect you in the workplace – this means that they should provide you with the necessary training and knowledge to carry out your job safely, as well as providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep you safe, if required. They should also display the Health and Safety Executive poster in a prominent place and ensure that all accidents at work are recorded in an ‘accident book.’

What if I have an accident at work?

If you’re injured at work, you should make sure that your employer is aware of the following:

  • Accidents involving disease, major injuries (such as a broken leg), death, dangerous incidents such as a gas leak or any accident which prevents you from working for more than 3 days should be reported immediately to the HSE or the health and safety department of your local authority
  • Your employer must record all accidents and injuries, no matter how minor, in a dedicated accident book
  • It’s your employer’s responsibility to appoint a person who manages the first aid supplies – all workplaces must have an appointed person and first aid supplies available, although this doesn’t necessarily need to be a trained first-aider. A risk assessment should be carried out to work out what equipment and how many first-aiders are needed
  • Your employer must allow you time off work if you’re injured and also pay you statutory or contractual sick pay, according to your contract
  • All employers must have liability insurance, and a certificate showing cover should be displayed in the workplace; if this is not displayed your employer must provide you with details if you ask
  • Your employer must administer first aid and allow you to leave work for medical treatment, if required

It’s important that your employer takes steps to protect you at work, but you should also be aware of hazards in the workplace. If you’re injured at work due to employer negligence, you could claim for compensation.

Claiming for personal injury compensation

If you’re involved in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault – for example, if you slip on a wet floor where no warning signs were displayed – then you could claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. We’re open 24/7 and our professional team of personal injury compensation specialists are happy to chat to you in confidence, offering no-obligation advice. If you do decide to proceed with your claim, our 100% no win, no fee* service ensures you keep more of what’s rightfully yours, and because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you know you’re dealing with the very best! Call us today and see how we can help you to claim for compensation.

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