By law, your employer must protect your health and safety at work. He or she must ensure that your workplace is safe and does not present any risks to your health. As part of this duty, your employer must:
- Regularly inspect and maintain machinery and other equipment found in your workplace
- Provide you with personal protective equipment where necessary
- Report certain types of illnesses and injuries to the Health and Safety Executive
- Provide suitable first aid facilities
- Assess the risks that might be associated with your working practices, such as using dangerous machinery and, wherever possible, change these practices to prevent injuries
As an employee, you must cooperate with your employer to make your workplace safe. You must therefore take reasonable care to protect your own health and safety and that of your work colleagues.
If you think that conditions in your workplace are unsafe, consult with your trade union, if you have one. Alternatively, contact the HSE.
What to do if you have an accident at work and you need to report it to your employer
If you have an accident at work, you must report it to your employer as soon as you are able to do so. If your employer has an accident book, make a detailed record of your injury and photocopy the entry for your own use. If your employer does not have an accident book, put the details of your accident down in writing and send your account to your employer. If you are unable to report your accident to your employer, try to get a work colleague to do so on your behalf.
What to do if you have an accident at work and you believe you have sustained an injury
If you believe you may have sustained an injury, you should seek medical attention, even if your injury does not appear to be of major concern. When you visit your GP’s surgery or hospital’s A&E department, a doctor will record the details of your accident in your medical notes.
What to do if you have an accident at work and you wish to claim compensation
If you need to take time off work to recovery from your injury, you may get Statutory Sick Pay. You may also be able to claim compensation from your employer.
If you wish to receive compensation, please call Accident Advice Helpline and seek advice from our trained advisors. They will be able to match you up with an experienced solicitor who specialises in accident at work claims.