The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work helps to build a safer workforce all across Europe by promoting risk assessment and the prevention of accidents of injuries. The organisation holds a number of campaigns and makes various sources of information available to workplaces who want to hold their own campaigns. Their promotion of safety also helps companies realise that health and safety awareness makes good business sense. EU-OSHA provides a variety of freely available material including health and safety information, practical tools and guides, all of which can be found in more than 20 different languages.
EU-OSHA works with employers, government bodies and various private companies among many other organisations to promote a healthy and safer workplace for everyone. Health and safety information is available via this organisation and employers are encouraged to use what is available to promote the prevention of accidents where possible. However, workplace accidents and injuries do still have the potential to occur.
Workplace injuries and accidents
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work are a good source of tools and information which can be used to teach, train and inform workers about the risks of potential hazards in the workplace. These tools can also be used to show workers how they can reduce the risk of accident by helping employers control those hazards as much as possible. This could mean simply cleaning up spillages or it could mean wearing protective equipment to prevent injuries. Although workers have an element of responsibility for their own and other workers’ safety, it is down to employers to use the resources made freely available to train their workers in health and safety in the workplace. If there is a failure to train, employers may be negligent and you could hold them responsible if there is a workplace accident or injury.
Making a compensation claim for an accident at work
Where there is evidence that someone else was at fault for a workplace accident or injury, you could make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to do this and you could win a cash payout which may help you with any loss of wages due to time off work. The helpline is open 24/7 and is free to call on 0800 689 0500, but you can also use our online 30-second test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown