You could be at work and either have a slip, trip or fall -they account for more than 40% of work related injuries in the UK. These sound as though they would produce only minor injuries, but what if you tripped and fell into a piece of machinery, or fell from height? The resulting injuries could be very serious and life changing for the victim and their family and they may want to discuss making a personal injury claim with a compensation solicitor in Aros.
A compensation solicitor in Aros reminds employers of the laws
Law on the prevention of slips, trips, and falls at work comes within the jurisdiction of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which states:
- Employees have a duty not to put himself or herself or any one else in danger, using whatever safety measures and devices are in place to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.
- The employer must assess the potential risks involved and address any safety issues found.
- The employer must make sure that all floors are in a good, suitable condition, and that they are free from any obstructions.
- Working at height should be kept to a minimum but when it is necessary, there should be safety guards and handrails in place.
- Employers, so far as is reasonably possible, must protect the health and safety of all employees, and anyone that is affected by their work including steps to control slips, trips and falls.
- Any spillages on the floors should be cleared away as soon as possible.
Employers and employees need to co-operate with each other over these matters to avoid accidents and the need to use a compensation solicitor in Aros.
The usefulness of risk assessments
Every employer has a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees while in the work place. And one of the first things they should do is carry out risk assessments to identify potential risks.
These need not be as awful or expensive as they sound unless you need a specialist report as in the case of asbestos. The employers just need to go all round their premises looking for potential safety issues, and acting on any they find. It is a good idea to take a member of staff when they do this, as the staff may be aware of problems the employer is not.
If there are less than five staff, the report does not need to be written down, but for their own protection, noting what risks were found and how they were dealt with can be an invaluable record for employers.
Making a work related injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured at work, or anywhere else, in an accident that was not your fault, you should call the experts at Accident Advice Helpline to make your personal injury claim. Over the last 14 years we have helped many thousand of victims get the compensation they deserved.
Our homepage has a 30-second test that will let you know of your claim is valid and will give you an estimate of the amount you may be awarded.
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Date Published: 16th March 2014
Author: David Brown