Employees have a number of rights that are set out in laws and regulations. The laws change over time but some rights still remain in place. They also have the right to be safe when they are at work and the employer has a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. If this is not done correctly then accidents can happen and employees can get hurt through no fault of their own. Employees rights include the right to make a claim for compensation for that injury. Some examples of this type of claim are given here.
Employees rights – a claim for a fall from a height
Employee X fell from a ladder whilst carry out a job at a height. The ladder that his employer had provided was worn and broken. Employee X had not received any instruction or training on the type of job that can be safely carried out on a ladder. He had also not been trained to use a ladder safely. He contacted Accident Advice Helpline (a specialist law firm) who helped him start a claim for compensation. They have been established since the year 2000 and are endorsed by Esther Rantzen (the TV consumer affairs champion).
Employees rights – a trip in an office
Employee S tripped over a trailing cable in a badly lit office environment. The trailing cable was in an area where it could not be seen properly. The employer had not bothered going to the expense and trouble of attaching it securely to the wall or of covering it properly. The floor surface in that area was also badly maintained and broken. Employee S contacted the 24hour Accident Advice Helpline to help her start a claim for compensation. She used Accident Advice Helplines unique 30 second test to assess whether her claim was likely to be successful. She then made the final decision about going ahead and starting the claim.
Employees rights – a burn from a dangerous chemical
Employee D was using a dangerous chemical when it came into contact with her skin and gave her a chemical skin burn. The chemical could have been substituted for a safer one but the employer had not bothered to do this. Employee D was not trained in how to handle the chemical safely and had not been given any protective clothing such as overalls or gloves. Accident Advice Helpline has a network of nationwide legal partners so it is easy for them to find an expert who can help with your particular claim. You will not have to pay any money up front, in legal costs for this as all cases are handled on a no win no fee basis.
If you have a work-related issue, why not give the team a call on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 3rd May 2013
Author: Sharon Parry