When you go to work, your employer should guarantee your safety from the moment you enter their premises. If they fail to do so, and you suffer a Basingstoke and Deane accident at work, there are certain actions you and your employer must take under health and safety legislation.
Actions to take following a Basingstoke and Deane accident at work
The immediate and remedial actions you must take after an accident at work include:
- Calling for assistance
- Seeking medical attention
- Making the area temporarily safe so that others are not exposed to the same hazards
According to the nature of the accident and/or its consequences, there are certain secondary actions you must take to create a record of the accident. They include:
- Taking photographs of the accident scene
- Taking photographs of the injuries sustained
- Taking the contact details of any eyewitnesses to the accident
- Creating a brief written record of the accident in an accident book
You should complete an accident book report at the earliest opportunity following your Basingstoke and Deane accident at work. Once you are happy with your report, you should sign and date it and keep a copy for your own use. Your accident lawyer may need to use this report if you wish to make a subsequent compensation claim.
Reporting your accident
Under the Reporting Injuries Diseases Dangerous Occurrence Regulations (RIDDOR), your employer is legally required to report certain types of accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Examples of reportable accidents include those that result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, amputations, and head injuries that cause you to lose consciousness. If in doubt, you should contact your employer to discuss their need to report your accident.
Claiming for your accident
If you wish to make a claim for your Basingstoke and Deane accident at work, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline and let our experienced team will look into your accident. We can advise you on a wide range of work injury claims, and we offer initial assessments free of charge and without obligation. To get in touch with us, simply call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, or use our 30-second test, and if you have a valid case, we will help you to secure the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 16th September 2014
Author: Jan Newell