Your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work and to remove or minimise any risk that may be involved in your day-to-day role. They can do this in a number of ways, such as altering working processes and procedures to make a task safer, providing personal protection such as gloves, hard hats or safety shoes, and by providing sufficient health and safety training to all staff in the safe and correct ways to do things.
Your employer must also have indemnity insurance that will pay you compensation if you are involved in an accident at work or contract a disease whilst doing your job. This ensures that any employee who is injured or becomes ill will have the support and money that they need to get better quickly and recover fully without having to worry about bills being paid whilst they are unable to work.
If your employer fails to keep you safe at work you can make a claim for compensation, so it is in the interests of all concerned to make sure that you are safe and have been trained in all the correct procedures and practices that will help you to avoid an accident at work.
Your employer may provide training in a number of ways, including on-the-job training or calling in a specialist company to teach you such things as the best way to lift items in order to prevent you and other employees from injuring themselves due to poor training and practices. It is important that you pay attention and attend all of the required training courses, firstly to avoid injury and secondly because if you are injured through your own failure to observe the methods in which you have been trained, then the insurance company may be able to get some or all of your compensation money back from you.
If your employer provides health and safety training, it may be mandatory that you attend and pass a test, so make sure that you go to any classes that you are required to attend in order to be safe in your job. These might be online courses that you may feel are obvious and unnecessary, but be sure to pay attention as you will need to follow the advice and policies in the training so that you do not injure yourself at work. Some of the courses that may be available include safe heavy lifting methods, fire control and fire safety classes, and a range of others specific to your industry, such as working safely with chemicals or construction site procedures.
If you suffer an injury at work due to insufficient health and safety training provided by your employer, you may be able to make a claim for compensation as you were not at fault for your accident. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to find out whether you have a valid claim and get help with submitting a claim if you need to do this on a no win no fee basis. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get your compensation claim started.
Date Published: October 11, 2013
Author: David Brown