Every employer has a clear duty of care towards everyone they employ. Health and safety rules are in place for good reason, and that is to ensure everyone at work can enjoy their job without having to worry unduly about the potential for injury.
Thanks to the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act, the number of people injured and killed at work each year has dropped markedly. It continues to drop today, but of course there is still work to be done. The ideal scenario would be if no one was injured while at work.
How do you know if a workplace is dangerous?
A great degree of health and safety is simply common sense. For example, rubbish and other hazards on the floor would increase the odds of a slip, trip or fall. Removing those hazards will reduce the odds. Similarly, carrying out regular risk assessments pertaining to any new tasks or jobs will highlight the potential risks so the right steps can be taken to reduce them prior to the work being completed.
Thankfully, very few employers ignore their duties in this area. However, if an employer did forget or ignore their duties under the health and safety laws, this could mean their workplace is dangerous for people to be in and work in.
Have you been hurt while at work?
From getting fingers caught in machinery to tripping over a stack of paper in an office, work-based accidents can happen in a variety of ways. They may indeed be rare, but when they do occur they can be life changing and very painful, regardless of how they occurred in the first place. Even if you recover, it can be a stressful experience.
This is why it is a good idea to see whether you have any chance of making a no win, no fee claim to seek compensation for any injuries you have suffered in a workplace accident. If you suspect someone else was at fault because your workplace was unsafe to use, you may have a strong case. Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 so you can see whether a claim could reach a successful outcome. We can give you the advice you are seeking, all under no obligation at all. Make sure you have your chance to have your say and launch a potentially-successful claim.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead