Injury lawyers in Stansted
All employers in the UK have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees while in the workplace, following the rules and regulations made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). They need to create a safe working environment, and if they do not comply with the rules and an employee is injured in an accident as a result, then they may face a personal injury claim from injury lawyers in Stansted.
An employer can avoid having to face injury lawyers in Stansted
There are precautions employers can take to make sure that employees are not injured and have to use injury lawyers in Stansted to make a personal injury claim. The health and safety rules include:
- Making sure all plant and equipment is in proper working order;
- Having a health and safety policy and ensuring that everyone knows and implements the contents;
- Having procedures in place in case of an emergency and ensuring that all employees know what to do;
- Having regular fire drills;
- Any safety guards or devises should be in place and in proper working order;
- Giving proper training in the use of plant and machinery;
- Reporting serious accidents to the HSE;
- Carrying out risk assessments and acting on their findings;
- Making sure that employees have proper breaks;
- Providing protective clothing, free of charge;
- Making sure there are proper sanitary facilities;
- Recording all accidents in an accident book; and
- Making sure staff have enough room to do your job comfortably.
If the employer fails to comply with these, or any other regulations that apply specifically to their trade or profession, and an employee is injured in an accident through no fault of their own, they may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
What the employee should do
Employees need to take care while at work as well. They should:
- Do nothing dangerous while in the workplace;
- Never drink alcohol during working hours, even in your lunch break;
- Wear the protective clothing and use the safety equipment supplied by the employer;
- Refuse to use plant and equipment that is not in proper working order, or does not have the safety guards fitted. You cannot be fired for this;
- Make sure you take proper breaks. A tired employee is more likely to have an accident;
- If you are unsure how to use a piece of equipment, tell your employer and ask for extra training;
- Make sure you know the health and safety policy and act accordingly; and
- Make sure you know the procedures in case of an emergency.
Making your injury claim
Accident Advice Helpline is where you should go to for help with your injury claim. We have helped many thousands of blameless victims to get the compensation they deserved; among them have been many work-related claims.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our advisors. They will take you through the processes needed to proceed and give you free legal advice. They will not put you under any pressure to continue — that decision will be yours.
Date Published: 11th November 2013
Author: David Brown