What can your employer do to reduce the risk of you being injured in an accident at work and making a Hart accident at work claim for compensation against them? If they follow the health and safety rules and regulations, they will greatly reduce the risk of this happening, the problem being that there are too many of them that do not.
The rules and regulations that reduce the risk of a Hart accident at work claim being made
All of the legislation employers need to comply with is readily available on the government’s HSE website, and ignorance of the rules is no defence if someone is injured in an accident at work that was the employers fault. There are rules that apply to all businesses and ones that apply to particular trades, some of the general ones are:
- Risk assessments should be carried out to identify any hazards and it’s findings should be acted upon. If the danger cannot be remedied, there should be plenty of warnings to the staff, including easily understood signs as a constant reminder.
- There should be a health and safety policy in place which all staff need to be aware of and the employer needs to make sure that staff abide by its rules. In some industries, not complying with the health and safety policy is viewed as gross misconduct, punishable by instant dismissal.
- There should be procedures in place in case of an emergency situation. Regular fire drills are part of this and every employee needs to participate in them.
- Whether it is completed by hand or on a computer, there should be an accident book that records all accidents, even the ones that appear to be trivial.
- Every employee has the right to be comfortable while doing their job and their employer has to make sure there is enough room for them so that they are not having to excessively twist and turn.
- The employer should insist that the staff all take their designated breaks, as a tired employee is more susceptible to accidents.
- All equipment should be in good working order and if an employee refuses to use something that is not, the employer cannot discipline them for it.
- If the job needs the employee to use safety equipment or wear protective clothing, the employer has to provide it totally free of any charge to the employee.
If more employers followed just these few of the rules, there would be less accidents at work, and less employees making a Hart accident at work claim.
How to make your compensation claim
To make your compensation claim in the simplest, fastest and most efficient manner, contact Accident Advice Helpline, the experts in this arm of the law.
Calling us on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500, will put you through to our friendly advisor’s who will be able to answer any questions you may have and give you any information you may need.
Date Published: 21st September 2014