The main causes of accidents at work
Every day many people are injured at work. Where these injuries are caused as a result of accidents that were not their fault these individuals often seek the help and advice of an accident lawyer in Suffolk to help them seek compensation.
Such compensation can be used for a variety of things, and is awarded to help offer some form of assistance for the injuries that have been sustained. Injuries can cause pain and suffering, and may even have long term implications after the initial injury has healed.
Workers may also find that they have to take time off from work while they recover from their accidents, and this can cause them financial hardship. So, what are the main causes of accidents in the work place?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline our accident lawyer in Suffolk has seen a large number of cases that could easily have been avoided if it weren’t for unsafe working environments.
Depending on the working environment itself “unsafe” can mean a number of different things. It could be that the floor regularly gets wet which causes a slipping hazard. In such a situation it is the responsibility of an employer to do all they can to prevent such a hazard from causing an accident. It might be that the floor should be mopped regularly, non-slip shoes should be provided, or anti-slip matting should be laid down.
Another common cause for work based accidents include the use of unsuitable and inappropriate equipment. Many people have been injured because they used a table or chair to elevate them (perhaps when changing a light bulb) instead of using a step ladder or other device. When the employer has asked them to do this, or has refused to provide the correct equipment they can be found to be liable for any accidents that occur.
Unsafe working practices
Another common problem involves the lack of proper procedures and policies, which can lead to unsafe working practices. Our accident lawyer in Suffolk recently worked on a case involving a restaurant where a waitress was scalded by boiling water. No set path ways had been laid out to allow staff to move around the kitchen safely, which meant that chaos often reigned.
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If you would like to find out more about making a claim for compensation against your employer, regardless of the reason for that claim, please call us today. Our free phone helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993 if you are going to call us from a mobile.