Whatever type of work you are expected to do, you should be fully trained to do it. This gives the question, ‘is my employer responsible?’, a resounding answer of ‘yes’. Training is essential for anyone who is working, from the most basic tasks to the most complicated processes. After all, you cannot do a job without knowing how to do it and what is expected of you. Training may cover things such as using a computer, using a piece of machinery, learning about health and safety processes, or just finding out how things are done within the workplace.
Training is very important as without it people might be put in danger. There is not only the risk that the job is not done properly, but there is also a risk that somebody might get hurt as a result. For this reason, every employer has the responsibility to make sure that each and every employee has been trained to the relevant standard, and to ensure that they are not just left to get on with a job of which they are uncertain. Training can actually help to prevent accidents in the long-term.
Training should also be managed. There are some types of training which need to be carried out regularly, such as for first aid and manual handling, and in this way the company can always make sure that their staff are up to date. Keeping a good record of training is important as this can show at a later date if each member of staff has been trained properly.
There are, however, plenty of companies that do not do this. Not only do they not keep the relevant records, they are also lax about making sure each member of staff is fully trained as and when needed. Having lots of staff members can cause a problem if proper records are not kept, as managers will never be sure who is trained and who is not. Half-hearted attempts at training are also inadequate. If, for example, one member of staff is qualified to drive a forklift truck, allowing another member of staff to watch them for five minutes and then have a go is not the right way to go about training. The training is not adequate and in this type of scenario the possibility of somebody getting hurt will dramatically increase.
If you are in the situation where you have been hurt because you have not received adequate training, or if another member of staff has hurt you due to a lack of training, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline we will discuss any training issues with you to be sure that you have the grounds for a claim, then provide you with a solicitor who will fight the case for you on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis. It will cost nothing to find out if you are able to make a claim and our experts will be able to guide you through the process.