Stay safe in the workplace and know your rights
When it comes to construction accident law regarding health and safety in the workplace, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the amount of information you will be required to remember. Regardless of whether you’re an employer, employee or contractor, there are certain regulations that are put in place for the protection of all parties, and to ensure that the risk of accident and injury are further avoidable.
Understanding construction accident law — employers
The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 clearly lay out specific guidelines for employers to ensure that all work carried out is in accordance with construction accident law. All employers within the construction industry are required to be working within these regulations at all times, and can face very high penalties if they are found to have been negligent.
Further points included in the above regulations are:
- Ensure a safe working environment for all employees;
- Prevent the risk of falling caused by fragile or unstable equipment;
- Ensure that employees are provided with the proper safety equipment, such as helmets that protect them against falling objects; and
- Provide proper storage facilities for dangerous or high-risk items or equipment, such as sharp or heavy machinery, and chemicals.
As an employer, you have not only a moral obligation, but also a legal one to ensure that the workplace is safe and meets the relevant health and safety guidelines.
Understanding construction accident law — employees
In addition to employers, employees also hold a certain level of personal responsibility when it comes to safety at work. Before agreeing to carry out any tasks asked by your employer, you need to be aware of the appropriate construction accident law and make sure that your employer is acting in accordance with this.
If you are injured at work, and it’s discovered that you knowingly carried out tasks without using the correct safety equipment, it could affect your claim for injury compensation.
For further information on construction accident law guidelines, you should contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline for up to date free advice. Further information regarding construction accident law can also be found below:
- Before carrying out any high-risk work, ensure you have been provided with the relevant safety equipment needed to ensure that the risk of injury is lessened;
- Inform yourself of the regulations for working safely, and if in doubt ask your employer to provide you with some reading material suited to your specific area of work; and
- Don’t take on any work for an employer who is not in possession of insurance that will protect against claims for injuries sustained under their management.
If you need to make a claim for injury, you can find out in less than a minute how much you’re entitled to by taking the Accident Advice Helpline 30-second test. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 in order to make your claim for compensation.
Date Published: 3rd July 2013