Lydney is a small town in the English county of Gloucestershire. The Severn Railway Bridge crossed just north of Lydney from Purton to Sharpness on the eastern bank. Built in the 1870’s, it was damaged beyond repair by a pair of oil tanker barges in 1960. The barges hit Pier 17 bringing down two bowstring girders. There have been several plans to renew the link, most recently in the late 1990’s as a millennium project. Hopefully as the girders fell, there were no employees who fell with them. If there had been and the fall was the fault of the employer, the victim may have been able to use expert injury lawyers in Lydney to make a personal injury claim.
If you are injured in a fall at work, call expert injury lawyers in Lydney
Falls at work account for more than 40% of work related injuries in the UK and come within the same category as slips and trips. These sound as though they would produce only minor injuries, but what if that fall was from a height, maybe on a construction site, the injuries could be very serious, providing the victim survives the fall.
There are rules and regulations to try to prevent a fall at work and the need to use expert injury lawyers in Lydney
Law on the prevention of a fall at work comes within the jurisdiction of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which states:
- 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.
- Employees have a duty not to put himself or herself or anyone else in danger.
- Employees must use any safety equipment the employer provides.
- The employer must assess the risks involved and address any risks found.
- The employer must make sure that all floors are in a good, suitable condition and that they are free from any obstructions to enable people to move around safely.
There are other things that could be done
Employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees while in the work place. One of the first things they should do is carry out risk assessments to identify potential risks.
Risks assessments do not need to be lots of paperwork, they just need to make notes about what they found, when and what steps they have taken to try and prevent accidents. If you have less than 5 employees, the risks assessments do not have to be written down but it is advisable to do so anyway as it may help in any future compensation claims. It is also not a bad idea for them to ask the employees, who might have spotted a risk they have missed. This may just prevent having to use expert injury lawyers in Lydney.
If the employer does all that they can to reduce risks, accidents will still happen and people will still be injured. If this happens to you, contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you are eligible to use expert injury lawyers in Lydney. Call 0800 689 0500 and one of our advisers will be pleased to assist. Or try the 30-second test on our website.