Accident prevention is vital in order to reduce the risks of accidents happening, but who is responsible for accident prevention? Well, it depends. At your place of work, your employer is ultimately responsible for ensuring that you are not injured in a workplace accident. In public places such as a supermarket or hotel, the owner or operator takes responsibility for accident prevention. What about in the street or a council-owned car park? The local council is normally liable for any injuries which happen on the streets – for example if you trip on a damaged pavement – and so it is their responsibility to put in place measures to prevent accidents from happening.
When it comes to driving on the roads, you take some responsibility for your own safety, but other road users do the same, and if somebody else has caused an accident that has left you injured, then they could be held liable and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation.
What sort of accident prevention measures can employers take?
When we talk about accident prevention, what does that really mean? What can your employer do (and what should they be doing) to prevent you from being injured at work?
- They should be carrying out risk assessments and taking steps to reduce risks
- Maintaining equipment and machinery to a safe standards, including carrying out regular inspections
- Providing staff with training to ensure they are competent
- Keeping the workplace clean, tidy and well-lit at all times
- Dealing with faulty machinery or equipment and ensuring it is repaired or replaced promptly
These are just a few things that employers should be doing in order to prevent accidents at work from happening. If you have been injured at work and you feel that your employer has not met their obligations as far as health and safety is concerned, you could find you have a viable claim for compensation.
Are you eligible to make a claim?
The only way to find out if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation is to get advice from a personal injury lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim for over 16 years, and you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim after your accident. Or why not take the 30-second test on our website right now, to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to?
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen