Occupational claims made with an injury lawyer in Bishops Stortford could largely be prevented if employers carried out adequate risk assessments. The risk assessment alone does not prevent the accidents, but does set a chain of actions in motion which work together to create a safe working environment. Employers have a legal duty to provide a working environment that is not hazardous to the health, safety or welfare of their employees, and risk assessments are an integral part of this.
Law firms like Accident Advice Helpline deal with hundreds of occupational claims every week which have arisen because an employer did not have a clue about the hazards that were faced every day by their employees. If an employer in the Bishops Stortford area does not pay any attention to the hazards that their employees face, then it is quite likely that an occupational injury claim from a lawyer in Bishops Stortford will eventually arise.
Hazard identification does not have to be complicated – it involves some common sense and a methodical approach. Each work task needs to be assessed carefully in order to spot anything that could give rise to an injury or a detrimental effect on health. There is plenty of information available on the internet and from government departments like the Health and Safety Executive to assist in this process. It is also very important to talk to every employee, as they know their job better than anyone else. The information should be recorded in written form – many people prefer a table layout to record this.
Assessing the risks
The risk is how likely the hazard is to occur and what human health damage it will cause if it happens. This basically means how serious the injury could be, ranging from a mild graze to permanent disability or death. Risks need to be eliminated or reduced as much as possible.
Introducing safety measures
There is a scale of safety measures that can be introduced to remove the risk of a hazard occurring. The first option that should always be considered should be not carrying out the work task at all, or finding an alternative way of working that removes the hazard. This could be something as simple as using a different cleaning chemical or carrying out a task at a different (safer) time of day. In other cases, it may mean having to provide additional equipment or completely changing working methods.
The final safety measure that is usually considered is personal protective equipment. This is only resorted to when no other precautions will help. Examples include gloves, gauntlets, breathing apparatus and ear defenders.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 10th January 2014
Author: David Brown