Working as an Injury Lawyer for the Injury Lawyer Sticklepath team means dealing with lots of different types of accidents and compensation claims. An accident which is all too common in today’s world is accidents in the workplace.
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Members of the Injury Lawyer Sticklepath team have seen cases of various different accidents in the workplace over the years. The Injury lawyers have dealt with accidents which have happened in various different kinds of workplaces such as: offices, building sites, supermarkets, kitchens, factories, and that’s just to name just a few.
If a person has suffered an accident in the work place it needs to be assessed whether or not the victim was at fault. If the victim was not at fault then it needs to be assessed whether someone else, for example the employer, was at fault. Unfortunately very often this is the case.
An employer has a legal duty and responsibility to take care of all health and safety aspects of the workplace and of all employees and workers personal health and safety whilst they are working or on works premises. In order to take all reasonable action to prevent accidents and avoid potential hazards all employers need to ensure that they do the following:
- Make the workplace safe
- Prevent risks to health
- Ensure that plant and machinery is safe to use
- Ensure safe working practices are set up and followed
- Make sure that all materials are handled, stored and used safely
- Provide adequate first aid facilities
- Tell you about any potential hazards from the work you do – chemicals and other substances used by the firm – and give you information, instructions, training and supervision as needed
- Set up emergency plans
- Make sure that ventilation, temperature, lighting, toilet, washing and rest facilities all meet health, safety and welfare requirements
- Check that the right work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained
- Prevent or control exposure to substances that may damage your health
- Take precautions against the risks caused by flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation
- Avoid potentially dangerous work involving manual handling (and if it can’t be avoided, take precautions to reduce the risk of injury)
- Provide health supervision as needed
- Provide protective clothing or equipment free of charge (if risks can’t be removed or adequately controlled by any other means)
- Ensure that the right warning signs are provided and looked after.
If an employer has neglected one of these aspects and this has resulted in an accident happening then they are responsible for the accident and at fault. The Injury Lawyers often see cases where one or more of the above has not been followed or carried out correctly.
Date Published: 5th October 2013
Author: David Brown