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Your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working with tools injury


Have you suffered a tools injury at work? Do you have questions about your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working with tools injury? We can help you understand your employer’s liability for your accident and your eligibility to claim compensation.


What is your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working with tools injury?

If you have been injured in a tools accident at work, you may be wondering how much of it is your employer’s fault and how much was simply accidental. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we believe that innocent accident victims should be recompensed for their injuries by those responsible. But as a society in the UK, we often assume that nothing can be done. did you know that 7 out of every 10 people that are eligible for compensation never make their claim? Many of these are workplace accidents where the employer is never challenged or held accountable. So what is your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working with tools injury?

Your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are safe at work. There are many ways in which your employer can ensure your safety. They can use:

  • Advice from the Health and Safety Executive, the statutory body that oversees health and safety in the workplace
  • A Health and Safety policy, written by them and setting out key personnel and duties in the organisation
  • Risk assessments of activities conducted throughout the organisation, particularly of activities that present the risk of accident or injury
  • Safe systems of work for machinery and tools, stating how they should be used
  • Training records and inductions for employees using tools and machinery, including regular refresher training as appropriate
  • Personal protective clothing to ensure your safety when using tools and machinery, including items such as steel toe capped boots, hats, visors and gloves

What should happen if you are injured at work?

If you are injured at work, report it to your employer. A record should be made in the accident book and your employer should look at whether it is a reportable incident to the Health and Safety Executive, who may then choose to investigate. Your employer’s insurers will cover any liability claim against your employer. So if you have been injured and you wish to make a compensation claim, talk to us about claiming against your employer’s insurance.


Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline

You can take the first step towards receiving the compensation you are entitled to by calling us on 0800 689 5659.