Workplace injury cases are a specialised area of personal injury work and should be handled by compensation claim solicitors in Fleet Hargate. Cases arise when an employee has been injured in an accident at work that was not their fault. The compensation claim solicitors in Fleet Hargate will need to establish that the employer was at fault for the accident.
To help employers fulfil their duty of care towards their employees, a range of health and safety legislation and guidance has been issued. If employers follow the guidance then they are much less likely to have one of their employees getting hurt and much less likely to have to deal with compensation claim solicitors in Fleet Hargate.
What happens in cases handled by compensation claim solicitors in Fleet Hargate?
Workplace accident claims rarely appear in court and most are actually handled over the phone. However, the injured employee presents evidence that they have been injured and that the employer was to blame. There are organisations that can help them do this – Accident Advice Helpline has been set up specifically to fulfil this role. They are always open and easy to reach on their hotline.
How employers can avoid dealing with a workplace injury solicitor
Accident Advice Helpline has handled thousands of workplace cases since they were established over 16 years ago and so they know that many workplace accidents are avoidable. The fundamental step in preventing nearly all workplace accidents is to carry out a thorough and rigorous risk assessment. A risk assessment is not as complicated or scary as it sounds. It simply involves carefully analysing the tasks that every employee carries out and listing the hazards that those tasks may expose them to.
Some people do get confused about what exactly a hazard is. Basically, hazards come in all shapes and sizes and can cause a very wide range of injuries. Nearly all risk assessments would have to include slip, trip and fall hazards because they are so common. A slippery floor or a worn floor surface would be a typical example. Electrical hazards also crop up in nearly every risk assessment – every workplace will have electrical equipment of some kind.
You may exclude chemical hazards because you may think that your workplace does not handle dangerous chemicals but what about cleaning materials? Several of these can cause a great deal of harm if they are dropped into the eye, ingested or come into contact with the skin.
The workplace itself can present several hazards – an employee can fall off things like ladders, raised platforms or steps. They can have things fall onto them and they can breathe in hazardous substances like toxic vapours or dusts.
Date Published: 16th May 2014
Author: Sharon Parry