In the 2012/13 period alone, over 78,000 work-related injuries were reported to the Health and Safety Executive, which led to a loss of 27 million working days.
It is apparent, with such a high number of individuals harmed, that accidents at work are a very real issue and need to be addressed.
Rather than dealing with issues following incidents at work or injuries to employees, the law requires that employers attempt to pre-empt issues and prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Preventing accidents at work by doing a risk assessment
One of the basics, and fundamental legal requirements for employers is to conduct a risk assessment for the working environment.
Simply put, a risk assessment helps employers recognise where there may be issues within the workplace that could lead to an accident at work.
Once these hazards are recognised, the employer is able to minimise the risk to employees due to their awareness of the problem in question.
Without a risk assessment the risk of harm to employees is higher, as the employer is unaware not only of how to minimise the risk of harm but also of the potential health threats within the workplace.
Claiming for an accident at work
If you have suffered an accident at work and believe your employer is at fault, it is possible to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation.
Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety while at work. Although this is not always possible due to human error, for example, if you believe that your company has not conducted a risk assessment, or that your injury was a result of poor operations or insufficient training, you may have the credentials for a claim on your hands.
The compensation calculator
Law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, provide a quick 30-second test – also known as the compensation calculator – on their website.
This tool enables Accident Advice Helpline to evaluate the very basics of your claim and advise potential claimants of whether their case is likely to be successful.
If it is, Accident Advice Helpline works with victims of personal injury on a no-win, no-fee* basis to help them receive the compensation they deserve.
Strengthening your claim
It is important that you keep a record of medical attention you have received as a result of your accident at work. Photographs of the accident and of your injury are also highly beneficial.
It is also worth noting down the details of any witnesses – such as fellow employees – who would be willing to give their account of the event.