There are many reasons to dislike a job, but fearing safety shouldn’t be one of them. Working is a necessity – to earn a living, buy the things we want and look after our family. Everyone is entitled to work in a safe environment, even in jobs that are inherently dangerous, like agriculture or construction. Yet, workplace accidents do happen, and they are generally divided into two categories: the fault of the employee, and the fault of the employer.
Falling at work – whose fault is it?
If you fall at work and injure yourself, it may be difficult to ascertain responsibility. If you fall off a ladder, for instance, is it because it was not secured, or because you overstretched and fell off balance? In the case of the YouTube video, the woman did not fall on an object left carelessly in the way, but rather stumbled on the steps.
However, what caused the head injury was the item placed against the wall at the foot of those same steps. The employer can be held responsible for the pathway not being kept clear, and as she would not have hit her head and been knocked out had the item not been there, the injured party is eligible to seek compensation for falling at work with a personal injury claim.
Although the employer may not have left the item on the ground, it still remains their responsibility to ensure that health and safety regulations are met, which means explaining to all employees how to operate office equipment and in what condition the office should remain. Failure to do so could result in a public liability claim.
Taking the next step
Of all the potential injuries as a result of a workplace accident, head injuries are a particular cause for concern, and the woman in this video evidently had a nasty impact with the object on the floor. Given the risk of head trauma, brain swelling and internal bleeding, it is likely she paid out for x-rays and scans to ensure she was fit and healthy, in addition to paying for any necessary treatment.Open Claim Calculator
Accident Advice Helpline has been in business for 13 years, securing workplace accident compensation for injured workers who were involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault. The UK law is very clear that workers have the right to a safe environment, and Accident Advice Helpline exists to make sure employees are treated appropriately when that right is violated.