If you were thinking of Perth in Australia, think again – there is a city of the same name in Scotland, too. It is in the centre of the country, within Perth and Kinross. It also has the River Tay running through it. You might expect it to have a population larger than 47,180 people, given that it is a city, but this is the estimated number of people living there in 2012. It may have climbed since then, but it is unlikely to have climbed by much. Few locals will know what it is like to have an accident at work in Perth, but if you have experienced something like this, you will want to know what you should do next.
Firstly, the accident should be reported. Every workplace should have an accident book by law, and the incident should always be recorded in this, however minor it is. There should be someone practised in first aid on-site as well, to give immediate medical assistance for injuries that require attention. More serious injuries will then require the person to go to hospital for treatment, or their own GP. If someone else caused your accident to happen, you should always seek independent medical help yourself, as this ensures the injuries you have are properly recorded and treated.
How might an accident at work in Perth happen?
Some workplaces would seem to be very innocent, indeed. How on earth could you have an accident in an office, for example, or a shop? Well, if the carpet in your office is worn and needs replacing, you could catch your toe in a worn section and end up being injured in a fall. The shop you work in might have unsafe shelving on which stock has been piled up, and that might mean you are hurt if the stock falls on you.
Every employer must perform risk assessments to determine whether there is a chance of a worker being injured when performing their duties. If there is a chance something could go wrong, steps should be taken to prevent this. Mostly, this does happen, but it may not do.
Do you want to know if you could claim?
All employers have a duty of care to look after everyone who works for them. This means they must provide a safe place to work, whether that is an office, a factory, or something entirely different. If you suspect negligence was involved in your accident, and you were not at fault, you should speak to someone on our team as quickly as you can, following treatment for your injuries. You have three years to do so if you want to try and claim, but it makes sense to seek advice as soon as possible.
You can do that today by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. In doing so, you can ask for no-obligation advice regarding your accident at work in Perth.
Date Published: 8th August 2017
Author: Rob Steen