Stranraer is a town in Inch, Wigtownshire, in the west of Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland. Stranraer is Dumfries and Galloway’s second largest town, with a population including the surrounding area of nearly 13,000. The workers of Stranraer need to know their legal rights when it comes to health and safety at work, because if the have an accident and are injured they may want to make an injury claim in Stranraer.
The employers duty to avoid an injury claim in Stranraer
All employers have a legal duty to protect the welfare, health and safety of their employees while in the workplace. They can help do this by:
- Ensuring the employee have enough space to work in comfortably
- Making sure all the equipment in use is in good working order and has any required safety guards fitted
- Training staff properly to use any plant and equipment
- Keeping all walkways free from spillages and obstructions
- Making sure employees take proper breaks
- Provide, free of charge, any protective clothing or equipment that staff need to do their job safely
- Carry out risks assessments and act upon their findings
- Keep a record of all accidents no matter how minor
- Report serious accident to the Health and Safety executive (HSE)
If the employer is negligent in his responsibilities and you get injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to make an injury claim in Stranraer.
The employee has responsibilities to try and avoid an injury claim in Stranraer
Employees also have responsibilities for safety, to themselves, their work mates and their employers, such as:
- Wearing any protective clothing provided
- Not using plant and equipment that does not have safety guards in place
- Not doing anything that would put a work colleague at risk
- Taking the proper breaks
- Letting the employer know as soon as a potential health and safety problem is spotted
Your employer will be insured
Most employers, there are a few exceptions such as government departments, legally have to have an employers liability insurance policy. Each year at renewal, the insurance company provides a certificate of employers liability insurance, which the employer should really put on display for all employers to see.
Making your personal injury compensation claim
Dealing with insurance companies is not always straightforward. The forms are complex and they delight in asking awkward questions. We are used to dealing with them, so we will not be brow beaten by them. Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with personal injury compensation claims for over 16 years and for 13 of those years, Dame Esther Rantzen has been our patron. Esther recommends our services because she knows we will deliver what we promise, the highest quality customer service possible.
We operate a no-win, no-fee agreement so that you do not have to find any money to start your claim.
You can complete our 30-second test on line. This will give you some guidance as to the amount of compensation you may be awarded, or you could phone our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, and speak to one of our friendly advisors.
Date Published: 27th September 2013
Author: David Brown