Accidents at work
All employers have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees while in the workplace. If they do not, and an accident occurs, the employee is entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim and may want to use expert injury lawyers in Piccadilly to do this. Among things the employer should be doing are:
- Making sure there is enough space to work comfortably;
- Ensuring all plant and equipment is in proper working order;
- Ensuring all safety guards are in place;
- Training staff adequately to use plant and equipment safely;
- Putting procedures in place in case of emergency situations, and making sure all staff know the procedures;
- Having regular fire drills;
- Making sure employees take proper breaks;
- Keeping walkways and floors clean and free from obstruction;
- Providing, free of charge to the employees, any protective clothing needed;
- Keeping a record of all accidents, in an accident book, no matter how minor;
- Reporting serious accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); and
- Carrying out risk assessments and act on their findings.
If any employee thinks their employer is being negligent in these, or any other health and safety issues, they should voice their concerns. If the employer still does nothing to correct the situation, the employees should enlist the help of the Health and Safety Executive.
Risk assessments need not be costly
Risk assessments do not need to be reams and reams of paperwork that cost a fortune. There are specialist reports of course, but generally the employer needs to walk around the workplace looking for anything that might cause an accident.
Discussing the matter with the employees is a good idea, because they may have spotted something the employer has missed. When all the risky areas have been identified, action has to be taken to reduce those risks and the possibility of an accident.
Employers should be insured
Most employers legally have to have employers’ liability insurance with a minimum cover of £5 million, although most insurance companies now have an entry level of £10 million for this type of insurance. The insurance company will supply a certificate each year upon renewal. This should really be on display for the entire workforce to see, but if it is not and you ask to see it, the employer has to show it to you. If the HSE ask to see the certificate and the employer refuses, there is a fine of £1,000. If the HSE find that the employer is not insured, the fines can be up to £2,500 per day that the business is uninsured.
Making a claim using expert injury lawyers in Piccadilly
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline is the best way to make your injury claim using expert injury lawyers in Piccadilly. We are experts in personal injury compensation claims of all types and have helped many thousands of claimants get the payouts to which they were entitled.
There is a 30-second test on our website which will give you a rough idea of what you can expect to receive, or you can call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We can help when you need expert injury lawyers in Piccadilly.
Date Published: 23rd October 2013
Author: David Brown