The Health and Safety at Work Act is designed to help prevent accidents at work. However, we all have a role to play in minimising and avoiding workplace accidents. While the employer should ensure the workplace is as safe as possible, we should all use our common sense to make sure any potential dangers are kept to a minimum.
For example, the more common incidents to happen in any workplace are slips, trips and falls. These can happen because of spillages, uneven floor surfaces and even because things are left on the floor that can create trip hazards.
Know the potential risks
Every task carries with it certain risks. These may be very minor, such as a paper cut from handling too much paperwork. However, they can be very serious too, such as the risk of electrocution from exposed wires, the risk of falling from an unstable ladder, or even the risks associated with not having the required skills to do the job at hand.
Knowing the risks and identifying them before you tackle any job at work can help. Avoiding workplace accidents becomes much easier to do if you are more aware of what you are doing and where the risks are in the first place.
What should you do if you’ve already experienced an accident at work?
While the vast majority of workplaces are perfectly safe, and employers do generally take excellent steps to ensure their employers can work in complete safety, there are times when things can go wrong. You may already know this first hand, if you’ve been involved in an accident in your workplace. Your employer has a duty to keep you safe, and if you think your accident could have been prevented, you could have a chance to claim compensation.
The best way to find out whether this is the case is to contact Accident Advice Helpline as quickly as possible. There is a three-year period during which you must make a claim if you intend to do so, and our team may be able to help you. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now to see whether you might be able to make such a claim. Our no win, no fee process could give you the chance to claim without financial risk. Find out here today whether our lawyers could represent you and seek compensation on your behalf.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead