You may be aware that whatever your job entails, your employer has a responsibility for your safety as you go about your duties. What this means is that your employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure that you are protected from harm during your working day. The legal term for this is a “duty of care” and in the event that your employer was to fail in their duty of care, you could be injured as the result of their negligence.
If this were the case, the law allows you to claim compensation for your injuries, and our Penicuik accident at work solicitors can make a claim on your behalf.
Depending upon the type of work you do, the risks associated with your duties can vary dramatically. However, regardless of the inherent dangers within a particular role, the employer still has a duty of care towards all of their workers. Should the job in question carry more of a risk, the law demands that the employer takes more precautions. If your job were to involve the use of chemicals, for example, then your employer must, at the very least:
- Provide adequate training for you in the use of those chemicals, the correct procedures for handling, using and storing those chemicals, and the correct steps to take in an emergency.
- Ensure that you have the correct apparatus and machinery necessary for your job and ensure that all are maintained to the highest standards.
- Provide you with the correct safety clothing and apparatus, such as masks, gloves and goggles and ensure that these are checked and maintained on a regular basis.
In the event of your employer failing within these obligations, those chemicals could cause you an injury, such as a burn, scald or breathing damage, and in this case, the law that gives your employer their duty of care in turn gives you the right to contact Penicuik accident at work lawyers who can seek compensation for your injuries.
Contact Penicuik accident at work solicitors for a compensation claim
A chemical accident could not only cause you with significant pain and suffering, but could leave you needing long-term medical care as you recover from your injuries. Accident Advice Helpline has over a decade of experience in seeking compensation for people just like you who have been injured as a result of other people’s negligence. Our 30-second test can quickly establish whether you are eligible to make a claim.
Date Published: 16th December 2014
Author: Jan Newell