You might live and work in or around Blair Atholl, or perhaps you were on holiday and visited the area, including Blair Castle, and you could be looking for an accident solicitor in Blair Atholl because you have suffered an injury in an accident which was no fault of yours, or perhaps you have been recently diagnosed with a work-related illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a work related illness, or an occupational disease, as “any disease contracted primarily as a result of an exposure to risk factors arising from work activity.”
In Britain the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) oversees the Health and Safety at Work regulations, and employers have a responsibility to minimize the risks of accidents involving their employees and to make their working environment as healthy and safe as possible. If, for example you work with machinery you should be properly trained in how to use it. Should you be asked to move a heavy object, you should have received the proper manual handling training. Employers should have machinery in the workplace such as forklift trucks, to lift heavy objects.
The Health and Safety Executive should be informed of any accident which occurs in the workplace. Every workplace should have an accident book in which accidents at work are reported. You need to report any accident at work to the appropriate member of staff or to your boss and have the accident detailed in the accident book along with the names, addresses and contact numbers of any witnesses to it. The accident should be reported to the HSE by your employer. Any accident to a member of the public in your place of work must also be recorded in the accident book and reported.
HSE Statistics for the years 2011/12
Between 2011 and 2012, 1.1 million employees in the UK were reported as suffering from a work-related illness. This figure does not take into account those not working then, who have or had an occupational disease. The cost to society for illness and absences from work for longer than three days was estimated as £13.4 billion in the period from 2010 to 2011. This figure did not take into account cancer treatment although cancers can be caused by a person’s working environment.
The HSE also estimate that there are many more accidents at work that are not reported to the HSE.
Accident solicitor in Blair Atholl
If you have suffered an accident at work, or in any other circumstances and it was not your fault, then you should contact an accident solicitor in Blair Atholl or one that lives near you. If you have been recently (within the last three years) been diagnosed with a work-related illness, then you should also contact an accident solicitor in Blair Atholl, or look for one close to where you live.
If you have no luck in finding an accident solicitor in Blair Atholl, or anywhere else in the UK, contact the law firm, Accident Advice Helpline. We have a team of expert accident solicitors working with us who can advise you. Visit our website and find out who we are, and then think about calling us on one of our freephone numbers, 0800 689 0500 from a land line and 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.