Datchworth is a village in the county of Hertfordshire. The name Datchworth is thought to originate from a Saxon lord called Daecca (pronounced Datcher), who settled here around the year 700 AD. ‘Worth’ comes from the word Wyrthe, which means enclosure.
Health and safety in the workplace
Employers are required to protect the health and safety of your employees while they are at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) monitor employers to ensure they are following the rules and regulations and if they are not can prosecute them. If someone is injured because of their negligence, they might not only face prosecution, but also a personal injury claim from an employee who contacted injury solicitors in Datchworth or another legal firm.
The HSE guidelines for employers
HSE has guidelines for every trade but also there are many general ones employers should follow, such things as:
- Keeping the workplace free of spillages and obstructions
- Making sure employees have enough room to work without excessive twisting and turning
- Making sure all machinery is in good working order with relevant safety guards fitted
- Making sure the necessary staff are trained to use the machinery
- Having regular fire drills
- Having a health and safety policy that the staff know and implement
- Having procedures in place in case of an emergency
- Making sure the staff take regular breaks
This is by no means an exhaustive list but all the matters employers need to know are on the very user friendly HSE website.
Employer’s Liability Insurance
UK law says that most employers should have employers liability insurances. There are a few exemptions such as government departments, health trusts and the police forces, but because an organisation is exempt does not stop them from buying it. Those that do not pay the claims themselves.
At renewal each year, the insurance company supplies the employer with a Certificate of Insurance, which they should put on display for everyone to see. If they do not, an employee can request to see it at any time and the employer cannot refuse.
Making a work related claim
Of course you can use a local firm of injury solicitors in Datchworth to help you claim. However, you may have trouble finding a local firm of injury solicitors in Datchworth. In this case you can use a national firm like Accident Advice Helpline instead.
Accident Advice Helpline has many years experience dealing with injury compensation claims of every type, including accidents at work. We have solicitors who know how to handle insurance companies, wont be intimidated by them and will get the best deal possible for victims. They will look at every aspect of your claim to ensure you get the maximum compensation for your injuries and circumstances.
Accident Advice Helpline has a freephone number, 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 where anyone wanting to make a compensation claim can speak to one of our friendly advisors. There is also our 30-second test which will give you an estimate of the amount you may be awarded.
Date Published: 9th December 2013
Author: David Brown