How to prevent injuries at work falls firmly on the shoulders of the employers. This country’s legislation demands that workers carry out their employment activities in an environment that does not threaten their health and safety.
This means the employer must have the foresight to carry out risk assessments in the place of work, be it the construction site, factory, warehouse, shop, restaurant, office or in any of the many other environments where people earn a living.
Where necessary proper safety equipment should be provided and any machinery or company vehicles should be regularly checked to ensure that they remain safe to use.
For certain specialised tasks or jobs, such as operating a forklift truck, proper training should be provided. After all, if someone is to perform a specific task he or she should be competent enough to do it properly and without posing a threat to their own health and safety and the health and safety of others.
When looking at how to prevent injuries at work it cannot be overemphasised that the workers themselves also have responsibilities. This means they should not fool around in the workplace and pose a threat to others. If they have been trained to a particular standard it is important that these standards are maintained to prevent harm to workmates.
It is in the employer’s own interest that injuries at work are prevented. Should one of the workforce suffer an injury and the employer be found wanting in ensuring health and safety then they may face prosecution. Also the employer may well find that they are being pursued by the injured employee with a claim for industrial injury compensation.
An employee who has been injured in the workplace because of the employer’s failure to observe health and safety has every right to make an industrial injury compensation claim, provided that the worker was not personally responsible for the accident. The worker should not be afraid of retribution from the employer for making such a claim; it is unlawful for the employer to sack or discipline the worker on such grounds.
If there has been an injury in your workplace and you were the victim, you may have grounds for a claim. In such cases it is best to seek legal advice. At Accident Advice Helpline we have solicitors who have plenty of experience in dealing with industrial injury claims such as yours. Our aim will be to first determine whether you have grounds to make a claim for industrial injury compensation. If you do, our legal team will be able to provide you with both advice and representation.
It is always important that you seek advice as quickly as possible following your injury at work. If you have not already had your injuries already examined by a doctor, we will suggest that you seek an examination without delay. The names and contact details of any witnesses to your accident at work will also be important, as their statements will confirm the events surrounding your accident and injury.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown