Falling at work and needing the help of injury lawyers in Tomatin
Slips, trips and falls at work account for more than 40% of work-related injuries in the UK. These sound as though they would produce only minor injuries, but what if you tripped and fell into a piece of machinery, or fell from a height? The resulting injuries could be very serious and life changing for the victim and their family, in which case they may want to discuss making a personal injury claim with injury lawyers in Tomatin.
Injury lawyers in Tomatin remind employers of the laws
Law on the prevention of slips, trips, and falls at work comes within the jurisdiction of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which states:
- Employers, so far as is reasonably possible, must protect the health and safety of all employees, and anyone who is affected by their work;
- Any spillages on the floors should be cleared away as soon as possible;
- Employees have a duty not to put themselves or anyone else in danger, using whatever safety measures and devices are in place to reduce risks;
- The employer must assess the potential risks involved and address any safety issues found;
- The employer must make sure that all floors are in a good, suitable condition, and that they are free from any obstructions to enable people to move around safely; and
- Working at height should be kept to a minimum, but when it is necessary there should be safety guards and handrails in place.
Employers and employees need to cooperate with each other over these matters to avoid accidents and the need to use injury lawyers in Tomatin.
Employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees while in the workplace. One of the first things they should do is carry out risk assessments to identify potential risks.
These need not be as awful or expensive as they sound, unless you need a specialist report as in the case of asbestos. The employers just need to go around their premises looking for potential safety issues, and acting on any they find. It is a good idea to take a member of staff when they do this, as the staff may be aware of problems the employer is not.
Making a personal injury claim
If you have been injured at work, or anywhere else, in an accident that was not your fault, you should call the experts at Accident Advice Helpline to make your personal injury claim. Over the last 15 years, we have helped many thousand of victims to get the compensation that they deserved.
Our website has a 30-second test that will let you know whether your claim is valid and will also give you an estimate of the amount you may be awarded. Alternatively, you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 for free legal advice regarding making a claim from our friendly and helpful advisors.
Date Published: 15th November 2013
Author: David Brown