Portpatrick is a village in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Portpatrick village is on the southwesterly coast of the Scottish mainland, cut into a cleft in steep cliffs. Anciently known as Portrie (Port Rhin), its quay was protected by the baron of Dunskey Castle (from dun meaning castle; key meaning quay) and his local men.
Whether you live in the village of Portpatrick or anywhere else with the UK, your employer has legal responsibilities towards you, and if they fail to comply with these and you are injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim using injury lawyers in Portpatrick.
Employers do not want to face an injury claim
No matter what their trade or profession, employers have a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees while in the workplace. If there are risks that cannot be eradicated, they should at least make you aware of those risks as well as reducing them as much as possible; otherwise they may find themselves facing a personal injury claim when you have contacted injury lawyers in Portpatrick or another legal firm.
How an employer can avoid a personal injury claim
The safety measures needed can vary with the trade, but there are some general rules that apply to all employers, such as:
- Have procedures in place in case of an emergency and make sure all employees know these
- Carry out regular fire drills
- Ensure you have enough space to work comfortably without too much twisting and turning
- Properly train you in the use of any plant and equipment
- Make sure the all plant and equipment is in proper working order
- Ensure if safety guards or devices are needed, they are fitted and working
- Not let staff use the equipment without the safety mechanisms in place
- Make sure all employees take proper breaks
- Keep walkways clear from obstructions and spillages
- Do not allow wires to be trailing across where staff have to walk
- Keep an accident book to record all accidents, no matter how minor they may be
- Carry out risk assessments and act on their findings. If there are more than 5 employees, this needs to be written down.
- Report any serious accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who will want to investigate the cause
- Have a health and safety policy and ensure all employees know its contents
- If needed, provide free of charge, protective clothing
These measures will go a long way towards keeping the work place a safe environment for the employees and anyone else that visits the business.
An accident in the workplace
Injury lawyers in Portpatrick are not your only option Accident Advice Helpline have much experience in dealing with work related personal injury claims. We have been providing access to justice for non-fault victims of accidents of all sorts for over 13 years, and have the knowledge and experience you need on your side.
Call our helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly advisors who will help you through the processes of making a personal injury compensation claim.