Supermarket employees working in optical departments are doubtlessly exposed to the risk of being injured at work by varying optical equipment, ophthalmic instruments, or optometry supplies; defective equipment or potentially sharp edges on broken spectacle frames and lenses. The most common causes of workplace injuries in optical departments are, however, slipping or tripping.
Slips and trips at work – the law
According to the 1992 Workplace Regulations (Health, Safety & Welfare), the floors in workplaces must be in good condition, suitable, and clear of obstructions. In other words, these regulations stipulate that employees must have the ability to safely move around. Potential risks (including those of slipping or tripping) must be assessed and, if necessary, addressed through appropriate remedial actions (Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, 1999).
Accidents at work, legal duties of employers and employees
Combined with the Health & Safety at Work (or HSW) Act from 1974, which states that employers are required to ensure employee health and safety (including taking the necessary steps to prevent slips and trips), these regulations place employers under a legal obligation to protect employees against work accidents. The HSW Act 1974 also places a duty to protect themselves and others onto employees, as well as stating that provided safety equipment must be used.
If employers or employees disregard these regulations and you are injured by slipping or tripping at work, you may be eligible to receive industrial injury compensation. The accident leading to the injury must be the result of someone else’s failure to protect your safety, and it must have occurred no more than three years prior to your decision to claim for compensation.
Work accident claims
Claims can be initiated by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. This law firm is available for confidential calls via a 24/ 7 free phone number on 0800 689 0500. Advisers have the necessary experience to quickly assess claim eligibility and, following their assessment, will offer you the services of a legal professional experienced in your type of compensation claim. Dealing with most of the necessary processes over the telephone, the legal professional may be able to prevent the necessity to go to court.
The cost of compensation claims
As the legal professionals operate under conditional fee agreements, solicitor fees will be deducted as a percentage from the compensation awarded on conclusion of the case. This means claiming through this law firm leaves you free of additional stress caused by worries about how to pay for solicitor fees.