Every employer has a duty to look after and maintain the workplace they ask their employees to work in. However, it goes beyond that. They also have to make sure they adhere to all the health and safety rules that are in force – rules that make sure employees can be safe doing their daily work and do not experience any form of accident or injury. Reporting safety hazards to your employer is a duty in many respects, because it could potentially save you or someone else from being injured.
Many people agree employers could be found liable for neglecting safety hazards
A recent survey we commissioned explored various statements and asked people whether or not they agreed with them or not. One of these statements concerned the idea of reporting safety hazards to your employer, and whether or not the employer would be liable for any injuries or accidents stemming from their decision to ignore those hazards. Four-fifths of people agreed that the employer would indeed be liable in this particular situation.
These people were absolutely correct in this respect. The employer is responsible for making sure their workplace is safe and can be used without potential hazards being present. If they see hazards, or hazards are reported to them by employees, they have a legal duty to do something about them.
Were you hurt because your employer failed to address potential hazards at work?
Regardless of whether or not you reported a hazard to your employer, you have a right to find out whether you could make a compensation claim if you were injured because of a hazard at work. This could be a minor injury or something much more severe. In any case, you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim as a result of your injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline is standing by to see if we can assist you in this way. We operate a free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500, and you can call whenever it suits you to do so. Make sure you take advantage of a no win, no fee* claim if you are entitled to make one. We’ll let you know whether that is the case, and how we can help you. Don’t delay – the faster you can call, the faster you will get the answers you have been looking for.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead