Among all the rules and regulations that employers need to follow regarding health and safety is one that says serious accidents should be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Here, we explain what you need to know after being injured at work in Warwick.
Accidents that Need Reporting
Anything, which is considered serious, the HSE has to be told about so they can investigate, primarily to stop the same thing happening again, but also to consider if they need to prosecute the employer. The sorts of things they expect to be told about are:
- Death no matter how it was caused if it was in an accident at work
- Major injuries such as loss of limbs, broken limbs, or brain damage
- Industrial illnesses and diseases
- Collapsing walls, scaffold or anything of a similar nature
- If people are overcome by gases or fumes
- Any other injury of any type that means you need more than seven days off work
- Accidents involving non workers – for instance, visitors
Of course there are milder injuries than these that you would not need to report to HSE, but if they needed medical attention, you may still be able to make personal injury claims in Warwick for them.
Recording Minor Injuries
All injuries should be recorded in an accident book, no matter how minor they are. The name of the injured party, how the injury happened as well as what the injury was should all be noted down. This can be a useful record for employers to see if similar accidents keep happening, and for employees if they need to make personal injury claims in Warwick.
The Importance of Health and Safety Rules
Sometimes employers see health and safety rules and regulations as unnecessary red tape, but they are there for a purpose and have saved many lives and serious injuries. For new employers they are particularly important, as quite often they are totally unaware of all types of rules governing employment and it can be very costly to get it wrong. The HMRC and HSE websites have all the information employers need, and all departments will assist employers in doing things correctly, if they bother to ask for help.
Claiming Compensation after being injured at work in Warwick
If you are injured in an accident at work because of your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation and should contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out for sure.
Get in touch if you’ve been injured at work in Warwick.
Simply call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 6th August 2014