How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Safety advice issued for outdoor workers

    By Jonathan Brown on September 6, 2016

    Safety advice issued for outdoor workers

    Employees who work outside could be at heightened risk of sunstroke, sunburn and skin cancer a new trade union report has said.

    Sweltering temperatures over the next few days have prompted the national Trade Union Council (TUC) to issue warnings to company bosses to ensure the protection of staff working outdoors that could be exposed to the sun and heat.

    How to ensure staff safety during hot weather

    A TUC report suggests staff are to take regular breaks and drinking water should be supplied.

    Employers should also try and revise shift times in a bid to avoid being outside during the hottest periods of the day.

    For example, undertaking outdoor work earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon, rather than 11am to 3pm when temperatures are known to be at their highest.

    The employment organisation suggests trying to introduce areas of shade to work sites – such as a canopy or covering.

    If not appropriate for the working hours, then providing a covered spot for break times should be a necessary precaution.

    Staff should also wear suncream and hats, and should be given advice on the need to protect themselves from the heat and UV rays.

    Driving in hot weather

    Even drivers can be at risk, the TUC warns, outlining potential dangers such as major fatigue from the high temperatures.

    As well as putting themselves in danger, this also poses a risk to other people who could be injured in a collision.

    The organisation says companies should provide air conditioning in all of its cars, vans and lorries, to enable drivers to stay cool in the baking hot weather. 

    TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “We treat our farmyard animals better than some of our agricultural workers. At least animals get shelter and a supply of water in the heat.

    “Working outdoors in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous and bosses must ensure their staff are protected as much as possible, with regular breaks, lots of fluids, plenty of sunscreen and the right protective clothing.”

    Source: Health and Safety Practitioner

    Share On

       

    Date Published: September 6, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

    Category: News

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.