If you have been injured in an accident at work, then you might be thinking about making a compensation claim in Weston-super-Mare. Most work accidents can be prevented and it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure the safety of all people, whether that be visitors or workers (including contractors and the self-employed) who are on site.
If your employer has failed in this responsibility and someone is injured as a result of an accident that has occurred, then they might be able to make a compensation claim in Weston-super-Mare against the employer or owner of the site or workplace.
Types of accidents
As with anywhere, there are a number of ways in which you can be injured at work. As an employer, some of the most common include:
- Manual handling accidents – If you are involved in any lifting in the course of your day to day job, for example if you work in a warehouse or you are responsible for the handling of patients, and this lifting is done using your own physical strength rather than relying on any form of equipment (for example a sling or pulley), then you are involved in manual handling. If you are expected to do this kind of work as part of your employment, it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you are fully trained and have all the necessary support required to perform such duties safely at no risk to yourself. Your own personal ability to perform the task should be assessed and risk assessments should be completed. You should never be asked to lift more than you are capable of doing so. If you are injured as a result of negligence on the part of your employer, you will be entitled to make a compensation claim in Weston-super-Mare.
- Defective equipment – In the case of work equipment, this can include tools or any device provided by an employer to help with the execution of an employee’s job. If the equipment has been provided by an employer, it is their responsibility to ensure that it is fit for purpose and suitably maintained. Any faults with machinery or equipment that lead to an accident, either directly through use of the equipment at hand (for example, if a safety guard ceases to function), or a malfunction which causes something else to cause an accident, would be the employer’s responsibility, and you would be able to make a compensation claim in Weston-super-Mare against them if injured.
Why make a compensation claim in Weston-super-Mare?
Some people worry that if they make a compensation claim in Weston-super-Mare against their employer, they are going to lose their job. This is not the case, as employers have a legal duty and obligation to ensure the safety of their employees. As such, you are completely protected against any difficulties in making a claim against your employer.
To discuss this further, along with any other queries or concerns you might have about making a compensation claim Weston-Super-Mare, contact the Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or take our 30-second test online.
Date Published: 16th September 2013
Author: David Brown