Accidents caused by negligent employers
Every employer in the UK has legal responsibilities towards their employees. If they fail to comply with these and you are injured in an accident at work, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim using a personal injury lawyer in Mannings Heath to help you.
How employers can avoid facing a personal injury lawyer in Mannings Heath
Whatever trade or profession you are in, employers have a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees in the workplace. If there are risks that cannot be eradicated, they should at least make you aware of those risks and reduce them as much as possible, otherwise they may find themselves facing a personal injury claim when you have contacted a personal injury lawyer in Mannings Heath at Accident Advice Helpline.
The measures they can take to avoid a claim
The safety measures needed can vary with the trade, but there are some general rules that apply to all employers, for example:
- Report any serious accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who will want to investigate the cause;
- Have a health and safety policy and ensure that all employees know its contents;
- If needed, provide protective clothing free of charge;
- Have procedures in place in case of an emergency, and make sure that all employees know these;
- Carry out regular fire drills;
- Ensure that employees have enough space in which to work comfortably without too much twisting and turning;
- Properly train the staff in the use of any plant and equipment;
- Make sure that all plant and equipment is in proper working order;
- Ensure if safety guards or devices are needed that they are fitted and working;
- Don’t let staff use the equipment without the safety mechanisms in place;
- Make sure that all employees take proper breaks;
- Keep walkways clear from obstructions and spillages;
- Do not allow wires to be trailing across where staff have to walk;
- Keep an accident book to record all accidents, no matter how minor they may be; and
- Carry out risk assessments and act on their findings. If there are more than five employees, this needs to be written down.
These measures will go a long way towards keeping the workplace a safe environment for the employees, as well as anyone else who visits the business. There are some rules that are trade-specific, and it is the employer’s duty to find out what relates to their business and make sure that they implement them.
Making a work-related accident claim with Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline have much experience in dealing with work-related personal injury claims. We have been providing access to justice for non-fault victims of accidents for over 15 years, and have the knowledge and experience you need on your side.
Call our helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly advisors, who will help you through the processes of making a personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 1st March 2014