Accidents at work
Your employer has a duty to protect you and tell you about health and safety issues that affect you. They also have a legal responsibility to report certain accidents and incidents, pay you statutory sick pay, or contractual sick pay if you are entitled to it, and give you time off because of an accident at work should you need it.
Your employer has a duty to report serious work-related accidents to your local health and safety department. They must report things like:
- Major injuries, such as broken bones;
- Dangerous incidents, such as scaffolding collapsing;
- Any accident that results in an employee being unable to complete their normal work duties for more than three days;
- Disease; and
The reporting must be done by your employer; however, it is a good idea to ensure it has been reported. Your employer also has a duty to carry out regular risk assessments and do what is necessary to ensure the health and safety of their employees and visitors. This includes appointing enough first aiders and making sure the correct first aid equipment and facilities are provided. Employers aren’t legally obliged to give first aiders extra pay, but some employers believe being a first aider is such an important role and sometimes offer incentives like a pay bonus.
All injuries in the workplace, big or small, must be recorded in the company accident book. All employers are required to keep a handbook, unless they are a very small company. An accident book is mainly for the employees’ benefit, as it keeps a record of what happened in case you need to refer to it if you need time off or you decide to make a claim for compensation at a later date.
In most cases, if you need time off work due to a work-related accident you will only be entitled to statutory sick pay, unless your employer offers an additional sick pay benefits. However, your employer may be more lenient depending on the circumstances of the accident.Open Claim Calculator
If you’ve been injured in a work-related accident and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. A personal injury claim in Wimbledon for an accident at work must be made within three years of the accident taking place.
Five things to remember when making a work-related personal injury claim:
- Make sure you record the incident in the accident book;
- If needs be, make sure your employer has reported the accident to your local health and safety department;
- Check your contract of employment for information about sick pay or accident pay entitlement;
- If there’s a dispute, try to solve this amicably with your employer; and
- If the accident is the result of a health and safety issue at work, make sure this is reported to your employer as soon as possible.
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