Health and safety law states that your employer has a legal duty to provide you with a safe and secure workplace. To fulfil their legal obligations, they must:
- Provide you with a safe premises and set up safe systems of work
- Supply you with safe equipment
- Carry out risk assessments, and take steps to eliminate or control any risks
- Inform you about any potential hazards associated with your work
- Provide you with instruction, training and supervision
- Provide you with adequate first aid facilities
- Report any serious accidents or near-misses to the Health and Safety Executive
As an employee, you also have legal duties. You must:
- Take reasonable care for your health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions
- Cooperate with your employer on health and safety matters
- Use work items provided by your employer, including personal protective equipment, in accordance with the training or instructions you have been given
- Not tamper with or misuse anything provided to you to protect your health and safety
If you have any concerns or queries relating to the safety of your workplace, you should first consult your employer. Your employer does not take your concerns seriously, you may wish to contact the Health and Safety Executive.
If you believe you have witnessed a health and safety breach, you should raise a grievance, or if you have already suffered a City of London accident at work, you should consult with an Accident Advice Helpline solicitor.
Seeking legal advice after your City of London accident at work
We understand that the prospect of making a claim against your employer may seem daunting, especially if you are worried about having to fill in reams of paperwork or having to give evidence in court. In reality, your solicitor will complete the vast majority of the paperwork on your behalf, and it is highly unlikely that your City of London accident at work claim will make it to a full court hearing.
You can contact us via our 30-second test or, if you would prefer to speak to a trained claims adviser, call our Freephone helpline. Whether you contact us via our website or by phone, we will outline your options and take all the details we need to move forward with your claim. If you decide that you want to make a claim, we will instruct a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ solicitor to fight for your right to City of London accident at work compensation.
Date Published: 17th September 2014
Author: Jan Newell