The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the UK’s national independent watchdog for safety, health and illness at work. The Health and Safety Executive works in the public interest to reduce serious injury and death at work across the United Kingdom.
What does the HSE do?
The HSE’s campaigns address workplace dangers such as asbestos, as well as looking at dangerous industries such as agriculture and manufacturing. They provide support to businesses with meeting their legal obligations, and work alongside local authorities to investigate health and safety issues, taking enforcing action if required.
Health and safety at work
Around 1.2 million people are injured or become ill as a result of work each year. The Health and Safety Executive works with business leaders, employees, local authorities and workers’ representatives to reduce these numbers and make workplaces safer for everyone. The HSE also assists businesses to manage risks and write a health and safety policy, and can also offer help with training and business insurance such as public and employer’s liability insurance. They produce the health and safety law poster, which must be displayed by any business which employs staff.
How we can help
If you have had an accident at work which is due to breach of health and safety regulations, then you may be able to claim compensation. Workplace accidents are common, and they are usually due to employer negligence – for example, not properly checking equipment such as ladders or failing to display wet floor signs when mopping. If you’ve suffered an injury or illness relating to your work, then you should call Accident Advice Helpline – our 24/7 advice line is free to call and you can chat to our team of personal injury compensation lawyers with no obligation. We can normally tell you within 30 seconds if your claim is viable, and most claims can be processed entirely over the phone, so you probably won’t need to attend court.
It is important to act as soon as possible if you have suffered an illness or injury at work. You will need to claim within three years of the incident, although we always recommend contacting us as soon after the event as you can. You’ll usually need to provide evidence of medical treatment in order for us to process your claim, and we will answer any questions that you may have during the claims process. So call us today and get the ball rolling on your personal injury claim.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown