There are several accident procedures at work that should be put in place following an accident. This is done to ensure that health and safety policies and procedures are maintained. They are put in place to protect the workforce.
The employer should be well aware of the correct procedures for an accident at work for their particular workplace. Some of the accident procedures at work that may apply in your work situation are detailed here.
Accident procedures at work – first aid
Obviously the first priority is to get medical help for the injured person. This may be done by calling 999 and getting an ambulance on site if the injury is very severe. Some work places have trained first aid helpers who can assess the injury and advise on whether an ambulance is needed. Sometimes it is okay to take the injured person to hospital in a car. For other injuries, it is more appropriate to go home and book an appointment with your own doctor.
Accident procedures at work – accident book
Accidents should always be recorded and investigated. If the accident has happened once to a member of staff then it could happen again! Changes to the work environment, equipment or working practices may have to be made in order to prevent another accident. The appropriate manager should be made aware of the accident and there should be a reporting procedure for this in the form of an Accident Book.
Accident procedures at work – investigating authorities
Some very serious accidents and dangerous occurrences have to be reported to the authorities so that they can be formally investigated. This may be done by the Health and Safety Department of the Local Authority or by the Health and Safety Executive.
Accident procedures at work – claiming compensation
In some accidents, the person that has been hurt was not at fault for the accident. They have been hurt because it was someone else’s fault. The employer is sometimes the person that is at fault.
Where this happens, the injured employee may be able to claim compensation from the employer. In fact, this is usually paid out of an insurance policy called an Employer’s Liability Insurance Policy.
There is a procedure available for doing this. All you have to do is call Accident Advice Helpline. The next stage of the procedure is to take our unique 30-second test which will give you an idea about whether your claim is likely to be successful or not. You can then make a decision about whether you want to start the claim.
The next crucial stage in the procedure is for you to be allocated a personal injury lawyer who is an expert in your type of accident. We will then lead you through the legal process and let you know what sort of information you need to provide for the procedure to work effectively.
At the end of the procedure (which only very rarely involves having to appear in court) you will get your compensation. Call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for some free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.