The workplace is one of the most common places where accidents regularly happen. In the early days of the industrial revolution, health and safety was not seen as a serious consideration. Employers ruled the roost and it wasn’t until trade unions were formed that the various aspects of health and safety at work began to be taken more seriously. Whilst it’s true that some workplaces are definitely more hazardous than others – for example working in the agricultural industry or in manufacturing could be seen as ‘dangerous’ – your workplace is only as safe as your employer makes it.
Employers have a duty of care to keep their staff safe whilst they’re at work, and this includes ensuring that staff have the training they need to carry out their duties without the risk of being injured. If you have been injured at work and you think that your employer could be responsible for your accident, you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a personal injury claim.
Health and safety at work still has a long way to go
It’s only really in the last 20 to 30 years that the health and safety regime in the workplace has seen enormous strides forward, thanks to the HSE. Who are the HSE? HSE stands for Health and Safety Executive. They introduced the Health and Safety etc. at Work Act 1974, the basis of all health and safety in the workplace. Of course, accidents still happen. But consider this:
There are plenty of regulations in place to protect workers, developed by the HSE. These include things like the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005. These provide guidelines to help employers ensure that risks at work are minimised and that health and safety is prioritised, reducing the risk of workplace accidents occurring. When you consider that 144 workers were killed at work from 2015/16, with another 621,000 sustaining non-fatal injuries, it’s easy to see that health and safety at work still has a long way to go. If you are amongst those who have been injured, we could help you to claim personal injury compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
Why is health and safety so important?
Two of the biggest areas where health and safety are most vital in terms of being able to minimise accidents are:
- Fitting guards to potentially dangerous machinery
- Proper training on-the-job training for workers
Proper training is absolutely essential. As well as establishing a safe way to work, it also teaches workers best practice. For example, it’s all very well potentially dangerous machinery having guards fitted, but unless workers are trained to make sure the guards are deployed before they work with machinery, accidents can still happen. Many workers who are injured overlook training as being fundamental to preventing accidents, and they believe they themselves are at fault, when in reality it is the employer, because they haven’t given staff the correct level of training. However, it’s not all one-way traffic. It’s your responsibility to uphold health and safety at work too. Other common causes of accidents at work could include:
- Lack of or defective personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Breach of health and safety regulations
- An untidy workplace causing slip, trip and fall hazards
- Employers putting staff under undue stress (for example not allowing them to take regular breaks, which could cause tiredness and lead to an accident)
These are just a few examples of ways in which employers could breach health and safety guidelines. If you’ve been injured, you could make a claim if we can prove that your employer has been negligent and this has in some way caused your accident.
What injuries could be caused by poor health and safety at work?
Some industries are more dangerous than others, which means that health and safety at work is much more important in some cases. For example, if you work in agriculture, construction or manufacturing, you are working with heavy machinery and dangerous equipment on a daily basis, putting you at more risk of being seriously injured. It’s vital that employers take health and safety at work seriously to reduce the risk of accidents happening. We have been helping people claim compensation for workplace accidents since 2000, and here are just a few examples of the types of injuries we have handled claims for:
- Crush injuries such as multiple fractures or even the loss of a limb from heavy machinery (for example in a factory)
- Slip, trip and fall injuries including broken bones, head injuries and back injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries from carrying out repetitive tasks without a break
- Manual handling injuries to your back or neck caused by lifting heavy or bulky objects
- Back injuries from a desk that has not been properly set up
- Facial or eye injuries from parts flying from faulty machinery in a factory or manufacturing plant
- Chemical burns or injuries caused by chemical spillages
There is an endless list of injuries that could be the result of poor health and safety or breaches of health and safety procedures. If you have been injured and you feel that your employer has taken a lax approach to health and safety at work, let us help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
Accident Advice Helpline – workplace injury compensation specialists
Accident Advice Helpline are experts at interpreting health and safety law at work. If you’ve been hurt and you suspect someone else is at fault, we can help you with claiming for a breach of health and safety at work. You can start by taking the 30-second test on our website, to establish how much compensation you could be entitled to. Bear in mind that this is just a rough guide to what you may be able to claim, as we take a variety of different factors into account when working out your personal injury settlement, including the severity of your injuries, how much time you have taken off work, how your injuries have impacted your life and any financial losses you have sustained as a result of your accident.
Get in touch with us today
Our customer support team is here for you. With over 16 years’ worth of experience to draw on, we have the answers to any questions and concerns you may have. The numbers to call are:
- 0800 689 0500 for calls from UK-based landlines – these calls are free
- 0333 500 0993 for calls from UK-based mobiles – charges from your network provider may apply
Finally, if you’re worried about the cost of claiming for a breach in health and safety at work, don’t be. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so any legal fees will be taken from your settlement, if your claim is successful.
Date Published: 22nd July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell