What Employers Should Be Doing to Protect Your Health and Safety in the Workplace
We spend most of our lives in the workplace. As such, our employers have a duty of care to ensure our health and safety is not put at any risk while we are there. Health and safety risks are not just apparent within the construction and similar industries, but can occur anywhere, including within the office environment.
If you have been put at risk in any way and your employer is at fault, you are entitled to make a compensation claim in Portland. There are various steps your employer should take to protect your health and safety in the workplace.
Your employer should carry out a risk assessment, which will involve noting down any potential hazards. They should also speak to the workers to evaluate any issues they may have relating to health and safety in the workplace and put measures in place to ensure these don’t become a problem. If you have any concerns, you should make sure that you voice these so that your employer can mark them down as part of the risk assessment.
Health and safety in the workplace does not just mean physical injuries which may occur through an accident; it can also related to mental health illness such as work-related stress. If your employer is demanding too much of you and you are unable to cope, this can lead to stress. You are entitled to make a compensation claim in Portland if you are suffering from work-related stress and it has led to taking time off work or has left you feeling depressed.
Your employer is accountable for your health and safety in the workplace, and in most cases there will be a dedicated team of health and safety practitioners who will take responsibility for this function in the workplace. If you have any issues with health and safety in the workplace, you should raise these with your manager.
If your employer asks you to undertake any tasks which you feel may put your safety at risk, you should always refuse. You should only carry out tasks which are part of your job description and that you feel comfortable carrying out.
Accidents and Compensation Claims
If you have had an accident at work which has led to an injury, or you have suffered from work-related stress, you are entitled to make a compensation claim in Portland. You should speak to Accident Advice Helpline, who will give you support and put you in touch with in-house solicitors who have specific experience in dealing with these cases.
There is a no win no fee obligation, which means that even if you lose your case, you won’t be liable to pay out any money. The advice line is open 24/7 and the advisors are always happy to assist with your claims. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to make your claim.
Date Published: 30th July 2013
Author: David Brown