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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    East Lothian accident

    With so much focus on health and safety at work, you would be forgiven for believing that accidents in the workplace are a rare phenomenon, but as the latest statistics show, employers do make mistakes and, regardless of your job role, there is always a chance that an accident may occur.

    Your rights and requirements

    As an employee, you have a right to receive information about all the potential hazards in your workplace. Your employer has a duty to provide you with adequate information on:

    • The specific hazards and risks in your workplace
    • The procedures that you must follow to remove, or minimise, these risks
    • The people you can contact if you wish to receive more information and/or report emerging risks in your workplace

    If, despite making an effort to stay safe, you are unlucky enough to suffer an East Lothian accident at work, you must report it to your employer and record it in your company’s accident book. The accident book is a valuable document as your employer can use it to improve conditions within the workplace and you can call upon it if you wish to make a compensation claim against your employer.

    Your employer’s obligations

    Your employer also has a responsibility to report certain accidents and injuries. If you suffer an injury that lasts for over seven days and/or requires you to stay in hospital for more than 24 hours, your employer must notify the Health and Safety Executive. Examples of reportable injuries include:

    • Broken bones
    • Amputations
    • Dislocations
    • Eye injuries
    • Electric shocks
    • Hypothermia
    • Exposure to harmful substances

    Your employer should also report any near misses, including:

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    • Lift or lifting equipment failures
    • Pipework explosions and collapses
    • Electrical short circuits
    • Explosions
    • Safety apparatus failures
    • Scaffolding collapses
    • Vehicle collisions
    • Fires

    Making an East Lothian accident at work claim

    If you wish to make a claim for your East Lothian accident at work, you will normally require legal advice. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have a wealth of experience of dealing with workplace accident claims and we will happily provide you with all the advice and support you require.

    To receive clear, no nonsense advice from our legal team, please call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, or use our 30-second test.

    Date Published: 16th September 2014

    Author: Jan Newell

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