An East Staffordshire accident at work claim cannot be made if the employee is not complying with the health and safety policy of the employer they work for. An East Staffordshire accident at work claim can only be made if the employer is at fault.
What employees should do to make sure they can make an East Staffordshire accident at work claim
UK employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their workforce while they are at work, but employees have a duty as well to make sure that they:
- Comply with the health and safety policy of your employer at all times.
- Wear any protective clothing your employer provides, it may not look very pretty but it could save your life.
- Take part in fire drills, they can be an annoyance, but you will be glad you did in the event of a real fire.
- Take your break periods, a tired employee is more likely to be involved in an accident.
- If you spot any hazards, report them to your employer immediately.
- Refuse to use any plant or machinery that is not working properly, you cannot be fired for this and it could just prevent you or someone else being injured and needing to make an East Staffordshire accident at work claim.
- Do not use any plant or equipment that does not have the appropriate safety guards in place.
- Do not use any plant or equipment that you have not been trained for.
- Never consume alcohol during working hours.
- Make sure you know the procedures that are in place in case of an emergency situation.
- If you do have an accident at work, even a minor one, make sure it is recorded in the accident book.
- If your accident was a serious one, your employer should report it to the health and Safety Executive. If you have any doubt that has been done, report it yourself – they will not mind hearing about the same accident twice.
- Never do anything that will endanger yourself, your workmates, your employer or anyone one else.
If your employer puts the health and safety measures in place, and you abide by them, the likelihood of being injured in an accident at work is greatly reduced, as has been proved by the efforts of many large employers working together with the Health and Safety Executive.
What if you are injured in an accident at work?
If you are injured in an accident at work through no fault of your own, and you want to claim the compensation you are legally entitled to, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline, the law firm that specialises in personal injury claims. Getting in touch with us is easy, you can:
- Complete our online claim form for an assessment of your claim
- Complete our 30 second test for an estimate of how much your compensation could be
- Call our friendly advisers on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 15th September 2014