Manual handling accident in West Bromwich
If you have had a manual handling accident in West Bromwich whilst you have been at work, then the Accident Advice Helpline solicitors may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.
Who you make a claim against depends on who was responsible for your accident in West Bromwich in the first place.
When it comes to an accident in West Bromwich at work, then in the vast majority of cases the guilty person is likely to be your employer. However, this is not always the case so it is important that you take our 30 second test to find out if you can qualify to make a claim. Alternatively, you can always contact us on our free phone helpline which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Who is responsible for safety at work?
When it comes to safety at work responsibility lies with both employees and employers.
Employees should obviously do all they can to make sure that they do not intentionally put themselves, their colleagues or members of the public in danger. They should follow guidelines and procedures as stipulated by their employer, and they should use the benefit of any training they have received to ensure that an accident in West Bromwich does not occur.
In this respect, it is important that an employer has provided employees with the necessary information and training to be able to perform their duties safely. If an employee chooses to ignore the guidelines that have been put in place for their own safety, then that employee is likely to be regarded as being responsible for the accident in West Bromwich which caused them injury.
Employers should perform risk assessments for individual staff members, jobs, tasks and areas of work. These assessments should detail any potential hazards which are likely to present themselves which could cause anyone to be injured in an accident in West Bromwich.
The risk assessment should be completed in a written record and all hazards identified should have a plan of action to help mitigate or minimise the associated risks. For example, an employer may identify that manual handling is required as part of a job. In order to minimise the chances of injury being caused as a result of this they must ensure all staff members are fully trained on appropriate manual handling techniques.
Where possible, alternative methods should be employed to reduce the amount of lifting required, and equipment should be provided to offer further support, for example, trolleys being used to transport heavy loads rather than them having to be carried.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
If you think you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation after a manual handling accident in West Bromwich, contact us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0933 from mobile phone.
Date Published: 17th June 2014
Author: David Brown