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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What is genuine risk and what isn’t?


    People can be cynical about health and safety and it is often misunderstood. Essentially it is about making sure people can do their jobs in as safe an environment as possible. Part of this is by knowing the different levels of risk and being able to decide what is genuine risk and what isn’t

    What is acceptable risk

    There are certain things that people should accept could happen. You can walk down the street and trip over your shoelaces. If you forget to do up your shoelaces then this is not the fault of the shoe manufacturer.

    It is also true that if you misuse a fire extinguisher or run around a corridor you cannot really blame the workplace for any injuries that could potentially occur. However, most employers are responsible and this generally does not happen.

    In effect these are the day to day things that might potentially happen. Legal companies ought to be able to inform you if your claim falls under acceptable or unacceptable risk.

    What is not acceptable risk

    • If someone expresses concern about safety and is not listened to
    • If accidents are not recorded in an accident log book (in businesses that have more than 10 employees although this should be good practise for smaller businesses as well)
    • Not providing the correct safety equipment
    • Not having an adequate first aid kit
    • Exposed wires
    • Blocking emergencing exits
    • Not providing adequate health and safety training
    • Not providing adequate signs
    • Encouraging excessive use of vibrating tools

    These are just the examples of things to be aware of in the workplace. Equally there are ways to reduce accidents like this occurring at home, on playing fields and so forth. Ultimately it is about people dealing with potential hazards as much as possible.

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    When you can make a claim

    You can make a claim for compensation if it can be proven that people were aware of potential risks but did not do enough to stop them. The most serious example of this is asbestos exposure. Once aware of it companies need to clear it out immediately and clearly show they were removing the asbestos.

    The amount of compensation you could potentially receive will depend on the severity of your condition, when the claim was made and any costs that you personally have to recover (lost wages, medical costs etc).

    Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline

    There are a lot of reasons to contact Accident Advice Helpline. One of the biggest is that we can talk with you to help you consider the kind of claim you can pursue and the chances of getting compensation.

    If you choose to pursue the claim with us, we have specialist solicitors throughout the country so we can find an ideal representative for you.

    The helpline is available 24 hours a day. Contact us today and find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve!

    Date Published: November 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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