Employers have a duty of care to all of their employees and this is not just a moral opinion, it is actually enshrined in employment law. This duty of care extends not just to avoiding injuries at work but also includes the general health and wellbeing of employees. Employer negligence is something that all employees should be on the look-out for and although it is sometimes a difficult decision to make, any examples of it should be reported as soon as possible so that neither you nor a colleague is injured or has their health impaired.
On the lookout for employer negligence
If you feel that your employer is not behaving properly towards you and your colleagues, you should approach him or her first. It may be that they are unaware that what they are doing constitutes employer negligence. Our Freephone helpline often receives calls from people who have been injured at work and who want to know if they can claim personal injury compensation because they have been inadequately trained for the job they are asked to do. Staff training and maintaining it at an acceptable level is mandatory for employers in order to prevent accidents; failure to do so is a very clear cut case of employer negligence.
A sadly common occurrence
At Accident Advice Helpline we hear of too many cases of employer negligence and most of the accidents caused could easily have been avoided. We are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard and so are completely conversant with employment law so can advise you on your rights and more importantly your employer’s responsibilities towards you and your colleagues. Sometimes the negligence can be as simple as failure to train. Other examples can be the continued use of out of date equipment or even hazardous substances. In the latter case the damage to health can be long term and substantial and although a case of this complexity may take several years to resolve, payments for personal injury of this kind can be substantial. Apart from any other issues, it is important that employers who break the duty of care to employees or the public are prevented from carrying on injurious behaviour as soon as possible. Our patron, consumer champion Esther Rantzen has always campaigned strenuously on this matter, making the workplace and environment safer for all.
Date Published: September 23, 2013
Author: David Brown