What you need to know about reporting an office accident
Do you know where your workplace accident book is kept? Do you know how to go about reporting an office accident?
Your employer has a duty to protect you at work, to record any accidents and injuries in an accident book and to allow you time off work if you need it. You may also be entitled to sick pay while off. The amount may depend on your employment contract and may be limited to Statutory Sick Pay.
If there are serious injuries from an office accident then these must, by law, be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
The accident book
Again, by law, employers must keep an accident book for recording any accidents or incidents in the workplace, however insignificant. By reporting an office accident, health and safety issues can be rectified and adjusted to prevent further accidents.
The information to be included in the accident book should include the date and full details of the circumstances in which injuries occurred. The when, where and how to put it simply. Details of the injuries and any witnesses should, of course, be included together with any first aid given. The accident book should contain only the facts and not opinions.
Have you been injured in the office?
Unfortunately office accidents happen despite our employer’s best intentions to keep us safe. However, if you were not to blame for your accident, then you should claim personal injury compensation. Your employer will have insurance in place to cover such an eventuality.
You will need to have had medical attention for your injuries and your accident must have happened within the past three years. Evidence to show you weren’t to blame will also be needed and entries in an accident book could support your case.
To find out more about reporting an office accident and making a compensation claim, you can you can take our 30-second test™.
Accident Advice Helpline
Here is the important contact information you need. Call and speak to one of our friendly advisors who can get your claim started if you want to go ahead. Even if you don’t, we can give you some free advice that will help you understand how claiming compensation works.
Call us now on 0800 689 5659. Our lines are open 24/7 but if we can’t take your call just leave your name and phone number and we’ll get back to you.
Put your accident claim in our hands for a successful outcome.