Accidents can happen in the workplace no matter how vigilant you are, so it’s important that you know what to do in the event of an incident.
This short guide should help you to make sure that you and your employer, are following the right procedures when dealing with accidents at work:
Does your employer need to report the accident?
Serious injuries such as broken bones, chemical inhalation and any other injury or contraction of a disease that stops an employee working for at least three days needs to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
If you or a colleague suffers one of these types of injuries you should make sure that your employer has reported the incident to the HSE, otherwise it could affect any claim for compensation that you make against your employer in the future.
If you have an accident at work you should also record it in your company accident book, which is mandatory for all accept the very smallest companies.Open Claim Calculator
Recording your accident in an accident book can help your case if you need to take time off work or claim for compensation later on.
Taking time off to recover
You are entitled to statutory sick pay if you have to take time off to recover from an accident at work.
Your employer may offer you accident sick pay, which is a bumped-up version of the company’s regular sick pay.
Making a claim
If your employer is to blame for your accident you have the right to make a claim for compensation against them. You must make a claim within three years of an accident and you will need a personal injury lawyer to represent you.
If you belong to a trade union, you may be able to use its legal service, if it has one.