Laboratory work often involves use of specialist equipment and a variety of potentially harmful substances. In order to prevent employees being injured at work, employers are required by law to ensure all employees are properly trained in the use of relevant equipment, proper procedures and the use of protective/ safety equipment. Health & Safety Executive guidelines also state that in accordance with the ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health’ (COSHH), law, employers must make sure that employees are capable of identifying substances and the necessary safety procedures and equipment suitable for each individual substance correctly, as inadequate training could be disastrous.
Accidents at work in laboratories due to inadequate training
This essentially means that employers must provide the necessary training to ensure all substances and equipment are used and handled in the correct manner. If this training is not provided and a worker subsequently becomes the victim to a work accident, the employer may be held liable to pay work injury compensation.
Thanks to Accident Advice Helpline, claiming for compensation does not have to be a stressful process. Offering legal assistance and guidance from start to finish of each claim, on conditional fee agreements (no-win, no-fee), this law firm has handled compensation claims for 13 years. Legal professionals handling claims are specifically selected for each case for maximum experience in cases similar to the one at hand.
Initiating claims for compensation
Initiating a claim could not be easier. The first step is to either complete the compensation calculator provided on the website of Accident Advice Helpline. or call one of their friendly, helpful advisers to establish claim eligibility. The freephone number is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 689 0500. All calls are dealt with confidentially, and callers are not put under any obligation to pursue claims through this law firm.
What happens next?
Once claim eligibility is successfully established, callers are offered legal assistance. The professional assigned to the case will then deal with the majority of necessary formalities on the phone. In many cases, claims are brought to successful conclusions entirely over the phone, with claimants not even having to attend court. Exactly how long it will take for a claimant to receive compensation for their work–related injury can not be predicted, as the circumstances surrounding different cases can vary significantly. For this reason, it is also not possible to determine just how much compensation will ultimately be payable.