Personal injury lawyer in Lower Largo and health and safety
All employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees in the workplace, so there is a safe environment to work in. If this does not happen and an accident occurs that was through no fault of your own, and you were injured, then you may be able to make an injury claim using a personal injury lawyer in Lower Largo to help you.
To avoid this happening, here are some things an employer should be doing:
- Training staff adequately to use equipment safely
- Having regular fire drills
- Making sure there is enough space to work comfortably
- Ensuring all equipment is in proper working order
- Ensuring all safety guards are in place
- Making sure employees take proper breaks
- Keeping walkways and floors clean and free from obstruction
- Providing, free of charge to the employees, any protective clothing needed
- Keeping a record of all accidents, in an accident book, no matter how minor
- Reporting serious accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Carrying out risk assessments and acting on their findings
If any employee thinks their employer is being negligent in any health and safety matters, they should voice their concerns. If the employer still does nothing to correct the situation, the employees should report the employer to the HSE.
Risk assessments can be the key to an employer not having to face a personal injury lawyer in Lower Largo
Risk assessments do not need to be expensive and have lots of paperwork that cost a fortune, but they can identify the risks before accidents happen. The employer needs to walk around the workplace looking for anything that might cause an accident and discussing the matter with the employees is a good idea because they may have spotted something the employer has missed. When all the risky areas have been identified, action has to be taken to reduce those risks and the possibility of an accident.
Most employers legally have to have employers liability insurance with a minimum cover of £5,000,000. The insurance company will supply a certificate of insurance each year on renewal. This should really be on display for the entire workforce to see, but if it’s not and you ask to see it, the employer has to show it to you. If HSE ask to see the certificate and the employer refuses, there is a fine of £1000. If HSE find that the employer is not insured, the fines can be up to £2500 per day that the business is uninsured.
Using a personal injury lawyer Lower Largo at Accident Advice Helpline
Contact Accident Advice Helpline – that’s the best way to make your injury claim. We are experts in personal injury compensation claims of all types and have helped many thousands of claimants get the compensation to which they were entitled.
There is a 30-second test on our website which will give you a rough idea of what you can expect to receive in compensation, or you can call our helpline on 0800 180 4123, and speak to one of our advisers. They are friendly, professional and their advice is free of charge.
Date Published: 20th February 2014