As an employer it is up to you to sort out anything that happens in your workplace, good or bad. This includes accidents, so that if something serious does happen at work, you will need to work with your employees to reach a resolution that everyone is happy with. Sometimes an employee may seek accident at work compensation in Chiltern, which is something you’ll need to be able to deal with.
How to interview witnesses of accidents and prevent a claim for accident at work compensation
You have to understand that if your company is in any way at fault for a serious injury that an employee has suffered, you may be at risk of this employee filing a claim for accident at work compensation against you. Either way, you should speak to any witnesses at the scene of the accident to try to get a picture of how the accident happened, and who might be at fault.
- Speak to everyone right away. There is no point interviewing the witnesses to an accident anything more than a day after the event as by then they will have spoken and their accounts will be clouded by what other people have said and done. Try to get everyone to write down or record their version of what happened immediately.
- Speak to witnesses separately. If you interview people together about what happened then again their accounts can be clouded by what others have seen or thought that they saw. Try to keep people separate whilst you interview them, and while they are waiting to speak to you.
- Ask them to be honest. Let witnesses know that whatever their account of the event they won’t be in trouble for being honest. Even if what they have to say seems to indicate that you are at fault, they need to know that they are clear to say exactly what they saw.
- Write everything down. Written accounts will be your best defence in court, and will help you to better piece together what happened so that you can fix the problem and prevent it happening again.
How to get help with making a claim for accident at work compensation in Chiltern
If you are an employee that has suffered a serious injury as the result of an accident which was your employer’s fault, you may be able to claim accident at work compensation for your injuries.
The best way to work out if you have a good case for accident at work compensation in Chiltern is to speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out from the team how likely it is that any claim for accident at work compensation in Chiltern that you make will be successful. You can call the helpline to get started, and you can put together a claim there and then if you do decide that you’d like to make one.
Date Published: 18th September 2014
Author: David Brown