Accidents in the work place can take many forms, but no matter what the situation, if an employee is injured there is a good chance that they will seek the legal advice of a Mid Suffolk personal injury claims solicitor to help them claim compensation against you, or your insurance provider.
So, what can you do to ensure that no Mid Suffolk personal injury claims are made against you? Of course the simple answer to that is make sure your staff are not at risk of injury; however, it is not always as easy as that.
Accidents do happen
The simple truth of the matter is that no matter how much planning you do, no matter how many risk assessments you perform, or how much training you provide accidents will always happen. The key to avoiding Mid Suffolk personal injury claims is to make sure that the accidents that do happen are not your fault.
An employer can do this by making sure that you adhere to your duty of care.
Duty of care
When we talk about “duty of care” in relation to employment we mean that as an employer you have a duty to make sure that you are providing a safe system of work to your employees. This means providing them with the necessary and suitable equipment to do their job. In turn you must make sure that this equipment is well maintained, in good working order and that your staff members are suitably trained to operate it all.
You also have to provide suitable protection to employees. This again means providing them with the necessary training so that they are unlikely to injure themselves when doing a job, but also making sure that the work environment itself is well maintained. Any failings in this regard can lead to Mid Suffolk personal injury claims being made against you.
Just because an accident occurs in the work place does not automatically mean that Mid Suffolk personal injury claims will be made against you. A claim can only be successful if it is possible to prove that you have failed in your duty of care in some way. So make sure that you have followed all the steps necessary and that any failings are on the part of your employees, and not you.
If an employee does not follow the training you have provided and does not you equipment in the manner it was meant to be used, then any injuries caused as a result cannot be your fault. In this respect it is also important that you keep a record of any training to prove that such training was offered and completed by the staff member.
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Date Published: 5th September 2014
Author: David Brown