You have every right to expect your place of employment to be a safe place to work. Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure it is, and if they fail to do so and you are injured in an accident at work, you could make a personal injury claim against them. By law, health and safety in Wychavon must be observed properly.
Employing people is a huge responsibility that most employers take very seriously. As well as making sure the workplace is safe they have to other things.
Workplace Policy for Health and Safety in Wychavon
They should make sure all staff members are aware of the contents of the health and safety and abide by its rules. Some larger firms have a health and safety representative to pass on information to employees, but one of the simplest ways is to give each employee a copy and make them sign to say they have received it. Some companies look on a breach of health and safety rules as gross misconduct, punishable by instant dismissal, as disobeying the rules can be putting the lives of others at risk.
Carry our risk assessments regularly, in line with health and safety in Wychavon
A risk assessment sounds like it would be very expensive, and if a specialist firm is used to carry it out, it might cost a lot of money. But employers can also do this themselves by regularly checking their premises for potential hazards. Whatever they find should be recorded, as should the action they have taken to eradicate it.
Some employers involve the staff in this process, just in case they miss something an employee spots.
Have procedure in place in case of an emergency
If we knew an emergency was going to happen in any situation, we could be prepared and make sure everyone is out of danger before the event. But this is rare, most emergency situations are sudden and unexpected, and staff need to know what they have to do if it occurs in their workplace. A fire is a typical example of what could be an emergency, which is why regular fire drills are so important.
Provide protective clothing – free of any charge
If any protective clothing is needed for a job to be done safely, the employer needs to provide it, and they cannot pass the cost on to the employee. Some protective clothing saves lives, hard hats being a prime example. Employees have a duty to ensure they wear whatever protective clothing they are given.
Making a compensation claim
If you have been injured in an accident at work, or in any other type of accident that was not your fault, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss making a personal injury compensation claim. As a specialist law firm with over 14 years experience of making claims, and we have the expertise and knowledge to give your claim its best chance of success. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 to find out anything else you want to know about claiming compensation.
Date Published: 12th August 2014