Injury lawyers Tynemouth and health and safety issues
All employers have legal responsibilities to protect the welfare, health and safety of their employees while they are in at work. The employer has to comply with standard rules and regulations, plus any others that relate to their own trade or industry.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will do spot checks on premises to check for safety problems and if they find your employer has not complied, can take action against them. The one aim of HSE is to make our country a safer place to live in, to try and reduce the 3 million accidents that happen in the UK every year.
Apart from the wrath of the HSE, employers can also face a personal injury claim if an employee is injured at work and asks for the help of injury lawyers Tynemouth. Most of the precautions needed are common sense, some of them being:
- Ensuring the employees have enough space to work without excessive twisting and turning.
- Keeping walkways free of spillages and obstructions.
- Having regular fire drills.
- Having a health and safety policy and making sure it is implemented by all employees.
- Having procedures in place in case of an emergency, and making sure all staff know the procedures.
- Making sure all the equipment in use is in good working order and has any required safety guards fitted.
- Training staff properly to use any equipment.
- Making sure employees take proper breaks.
- Providing, free of charge, any protective clothing or equipment that staff need to do their job safely.
- Carrying out risks assessments and acting upon their findings.
- Keeping a record of all accidents no matter how minor.
- Reporting serious accident to the Health and Safety executive (HSE).
If employers are negligent and an employee is injured, injury lawyers in Tynemouth will assist the employee is making a personal injury claim.
Injury lawyers Tynemouth point out the responsibilities of employees
It is important that employees comply with the rules and regulations as well if they want to avoid being injured in an accident at work. They can help by:
- Wearing any protective clothing provided.
- Making sure the know the health and safety policy and the emergency procedures.
- Not ignoring the alarm when there is a fire drill.
- Never consuming alcohol during working hours.
- Not using equipment that is not in proper working order.
- Not using equipment that does not have safety guards in place.
- Not doing anything that would put a work colleague at risk.
- Taking the proper breaks.
- Letting the employer know as soon as a potential health and safety problem is spotted.
Hopefully if employer and employee work together with health and safety matters they will reduce the risk of any accidents happening.
We will help make your work related claim
The easiest way to make your claim is to let Accident Advice Helpline do it for you. We will ensure that the whole process is as quick and simple as possible once our highly trained advisers have taken all the details from you. You can contact them on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 or you can try our online 30 second test for guidance.
Date Published: 18th December 2013
Author: David Brown