Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere and often nobody is to blame. An accident is just part of life not always running according to plan. However many non-fault accidents at work are preventable and avoidable and only occur due to the neglect and wrong behaviour of another individual.
Non-fault accidents at work facts
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we have dealt with various types of accident injuries and compensation claims including many cases which have involved non-fault accidents at work.
Failure by employer
Non-fault accidents at work can occur if your employer has failed to make the necessary adjustments to prevent accidents. As part of basic employee health and safety your employer must:
- make the workplace safe.
- prevent risks to health.
- ensure that plant and machinery are safe to use.
- ensure safe working practices are set up and followed.
- make sure that all materials are handled, stored and used safely.
- provide adequate first aid facilities.
- tell you about any potential hazards from the work you do – chemicals and other substances used by the firm – and give you information, instructions, training and supervision as needed.
- set up emergency plans.
- make sure that ventilation, temperature, lighting, toilet, washing and rest facilities all meet health, safety and welfare requirements.
- check that the right work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained.
- prevent or control exposure to substances that may damage your health.
- take precautions against the risks caused by flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation.
- avoid potentially dangerous work involving manual handling (and if it can’t be avoided, take precautions to reduce the risk of injury).
- provide health supervision as needed.
- provide protective clothing or equipment free of charge (if risks can’t be removed or adequately controlled by any other means).
- ensure that the right warning signs are provided and looked after.
- report certain accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to either the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland or the local authority, depending on the type of business.
If an employer fails to do one of these it can result in non-fault accidents at work. For example if an employer fails to provide the correct protective clothing and an employee suffers an injury as a result of this then the employer is at fault and the employee has grounds to make a compensation claim for injuries gained in this accident.
Call Accident Advice Helpline
You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We will give you some free legal advice about non-fault accidents at work and help you make a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 18th July 2013
Category: Accident at work claim