No workplace is entirely risk free, but all employers have a responsibility to ensure that they eliminate or minimise the risk of Bridgend workplace injuries. The main piece of legislation affecting the management of health and safety at work is the Health and Safety at Work Act. This Act provides a framework for ensuring the health and safety of employees in any work activity.
Employers and employees must comply with the duties set out in the Act, some of which are summarised as follows:
- Employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees as far as is reasonably practicable. They must consult with employees and trade union representatives on matters relating to health and safety in the workplace and, if they have more than five employees, must prepare a written health and safety policy.
- Employers must ensure that non-employees, such as visitors to their premises, are not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
- Employees must take reasonable care to protect their own health and safety and that of those who may be affected by their actions. They must also cooperate with their employer in relation to health and safety management.
Unfortunately, many employers believe that the Health and Safety at Work Act is over the top, and fail to take sensible, proportionate actions to protect the health of their workers. If your employer falls into this camp, you may be at risk of suffering Bridgend workplace injuries.
Taking action against your employer
If you are unlucky enough to sustain an injury in an accident at work, it may be possible for you to claim compensation by bringing legal proceedings against your employer.
To succeed with your claim, you should work with Accident Advice Helpline to establish the following:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care
- The duty of care was breached
- You suffered an injury and/or financial loss as a result of the breach
Strict time limits apply to all accident at work claims, so if you wish to make a 100% ‘no-win, no-fee*’ claim through us, you must instruct us to start court proceedings within three years of the date of your accident.
Need further advice on your Bridgend workplace injuries from Accident Advice Helpline?
Your first port of call should be Accident Advice Helpline. Our 30-second test is available to help with claims assessments, or you can contact our trained claims advisers on our freephone helpline. The test and our advisor can tell you if you are able to make a claim. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or ring 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Find out now if you can claim for Bridgend workplace injuries.
Date Published: 16th September 2014
Author: Jan Newell