Workplace first aid can come in very useful when accidents and injuries occur. This holds true for every workplace, regardless of the business or industry involved. Some employees should be trained in first aid so they can attend the scene of an accident or treat someone with an injury. They should also have the knowledge to be able to decide when further medical treatment is required.
All workplaces need to adhere to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. This will ensure the basics are covered and the employer is doing all they can to ensure their employees are always safe.
How safe is a particular workplace?
The level of workplace first aid provided will depend on the nature of the workplace itself. Some are likely to present more potential dangers than others. For example, working in an office is not the same as working on an oil rig. Hence each workplace must be carefully considered and the appropriate first aid measures should be put in place in each case.
A low-risk workplace might only require a simple first aid box approved for use in that type of workplace. Someone should also be appointed to handle all the aspects of first aid that are required. Obviously, the more people that have first aid training the better – you never know when or where it might be needed.
Have you suffered from a lack of workplace first aid?
If you are injured at work, you have a right to expect basic first aid to be given. If this is not the case, or someone happens to take the wrong actions and that leaves you even worse off than you were originally, you may be well positioned to consider making a claim for some compensation. Sometimes the fact an accident happens at all can lead to a claim, but it depends on whether you can prove negligence. If first aid was not given or was not available, this might also lead to a potential claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide some advice for you on a no-obligation basis, so you can see whether you might be able to claim compensation. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now – it’s free and you may have an opportunity to take on a claim with our assistance. We could represent you with a suitable lawyer who will get to the bottom of the case.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead