It does not matter what job you do, or who it is for, all employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees while they are at work.
Some jobs are more dangerous than others, and some are more prone to certain types of injuries. Kitchen workers, for example, are more likely to be burned, or receive deep cuts than a construction worker who is more likely to be in an accident with site machinery or a fall from height.
It is for this reason that each industry has its own set of health and safety rules to follow, as well as the general ones that apply to all employers. If you work for an employer that does comply with the health and safety regulations, and you are injured in an accident at work, you are legally entitled to make a personal injury claim in Preston for compensation.
Employers should assess the risks to avoid you having to make a personal injury claim in Preston against them
One of the rules says that employers should assess the risks involved in your job on a regular basis. Some of the larger companies use specialist firms to do this, but this can be costly for the smaller firms, and there is no reason why they cannot do it themselves.
It involves looking at every aspect of the business, finding what hazards there are and finding solutions to them. This should all be noted down, unless you have less than five employees when there is no need to record it, but sensible employers always do to show that they have complied with the law.
Some employers involve the staff in carrying out the risk assessment, as they may well spot something the employer has missed.
A health and safety policy to help avoid you having to make a personal injury claim in Preston
Carrying out the risk assessment can go a long way towards producing a health and safety policy, which all workplaces should have. Employers have to make sure that all staff are not only aware of its contents, but that they abide by its rules as well.
Together, the risk assessment and health and safety policy should help reduce the risk of employees being injured at work, and making a personal injury claim in Preston against their employer.
Making your claim
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline if you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your own fault.
We are experts in making compensation claims, and have the experience and knowledge you need on your side. We will always put the needs of our claimants before anything else, and are known for providing them with the highest quality service. As Esther Rantzen will tell you, we look after our claimants, and make sure they get a fair deal for their personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 1st November 2014