Every employee should have some knowledge about health and safety in the workplace. While the responsibility for health and safety lies chiefly with the employer, everyone can do their bit to ensure their workplace is as safe as it can possibly be. For example, if you spot an activity that is potentially dangerous, you should report it so changes can be made. A good example would be someone operating machinery without any training or experience. Another would be working at height without the proper safety measures in place.
Clearly, it is always better to avoid a health and safety failure instead of making changes after the event. If health and safety measures are not in place, this can potentially mean there is a far greater chance of an accident occurring.
The potential consequences of a health and safety failure
Most of us don’t go to work each day wondering if we will be involved in an accident. However, there are times when this could be exactly what occurs. Such times are rare, but this is of no comfort to those who are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident in their workplace.
The consequences of a failure to apply proper health and safety procedures could be dire. Injuries resulting from accidents could range from small ones that heal in a short time, to major ones that change a person’s entire life. Some individuals have suffered broken bones, crush injuries, amputations and even paralysis. These represent some of the worst-case scenarios, of course, but they have still occurred in isolated cases.
What should you do?
Have you been hurt at work due to a failure in health and safety policy? If so, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. You can find out more about the possibility of making a claim to seek compensation for your injuries.
This could be a simpler process than you may think. Providing you start your claim within three years of your accident, you have a chance to have a professional injury compensation lawyer to act on your behalf. Call now and see whether we could represent you in this case. You never know unless you ask, and our advice is given on a no-obligation basis at this stage. If you are entitled to claim, why not do just that and get advice now?
Date Published: March 6, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Health and safety at work