Injury Solicitors in Gillingham – Accidents at work
All employers in the UK have a legal responsibility to safeguard the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. There are rules and regulations they have to follow, some of them general some of them trade specific. It is up to the employer to make sure they know and implement the rules, as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who monitor safety in the workplace, will not accept ignorance as an excuse.
If they are negligent in these duties and an employee is injured as a result, they may have to face a personal injury compensation claim if an employee contacts injury solicitors in Gillingham at Accident Advice Helpline.
The warnings that injury solicitors in Gillingham give
If employers follow the standard rules and regulations, injury solicitors in Gillingham are of the opinion that the risk of injuries and personal injury claims will be reduced. The sorts of things they can do to help are:
- Ensure you have enough space to work in comfort. This is to stop the constant twisting and turning of your body that can lead to muscle problems
- Ensure all plant and equipment is in proper working order, that all safety devises are fitted and in proper working order, and that the operatives are adequately trained in the use of the machinery
- Do not let staff use the equipment if any of the above is not on place
- Make sure all employees take proper breaks
- Keep walkways free and clear of spillages and obstructions
- Do not allow trailing wires, these can be a very real danger and could cause an employee to fall on something lethal
- Make sure there are signs warning of any potential hazards
- Keep an accident book and make sure all accidents, no matter how minor, are recorded in it so if the same thing keeps happening, steps can be taken to stop it
- They must put procedure in place in case there is an emergency
- Carry out regular fire drills
- Have a health and safety policy and make sure all employees adhere to it
- Report any serious accidents to the HSE
- Provide any protective clothing that is needed free of charge
- Carry out risk assessments and act on their findings
Any employer who does not follow the rules and regulations could be prosecuted by HSE and face heavy fines or imprisonment.
Making a work related claim
If you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, you should make a personal injury compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with work related injuries and illnesses for over 13 years. We have helped many thousands of claimants, with all types of injuries from all types of accidents, get the compensation to which they were entitled.
We have a 30-second test on our website which will let you know if you qualify to make a claim and give you a rough idea of the amount you may receive.
Or you can contact our advisors on 0800 180 4123. They are professional, friendly and trained to give you free legal advice regarding your claim. After you have had a chat with them, if you still want to proceed, they will start your claim for you.
Date Published: 28th December 2013
Author: David Brown