If you’re a young person, and have been injured at work, perhaps you should be considering launching a Church Village accident at work compensation claim?
Dealing with young, inexperienced workers
What employers very often tend to forget, or overlook, is that employing young people means that they are employing workers who have little or no experience in the workplace. This not only applies to young workers already working, (but who are new to the job), but also of course to school leavers. It’s also relevant to school students being offered work experience. The things that are obvious to more seasoned workers may not be quite so obvious to newbies. Employers simply cannot afford take anything for granted.
Re-assessing existing risk assessments
All employers have a duty of care to their workers, and carrying out risk assessments is the basis of that care. If an employer already has risk assessments in place, it is not a legal obligation to carry out extra, separate risk assessments in respect of a young inexperienced worker handling any particular task. However, best practice would dictate that a review of the existing risk assessments should be undertaken. This should be done with a view to highlighting any issues that could relate to a young inexperienced worker undertaking a particular task.
The first six months are often the most hazardous
Employees are more likely to have accidents that cause injury within the first six months of their employment at a new workplace, than at any other time in their working careers. The reasons for this include:
- A lack of experience in working in either a new industry and/or a new workplace
- A lack of familiarity with any new job and the working environment in which it is carried out
- A reluctance or embarrassment to raise a concern
- Not wishing to “rock the boat” and being eager to impress both workmates and line managers
The practicalities of this lack of experience can manifest themselves in the following ways:
- Not being able to identify certain hazards as a potential source of risk
- Not understanding the rules of using plant and equipment that may seem obvious to others
- Being unfamiliar with the layout of the workplace
- Ignoring certain warning signs and not following proper procedure
Getting advice regarding a Church Village accident at work compensation claim
If you are a young person working in Church Village, you’ve been injured in the workplace, and you believe your employer to be to blame, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We can advise you with regard to raising a Church Village accident at work compensation claim.
Follow Dame Esther Rantzen’s advice
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Date Published: 30th August 2014