If you feel that there has been a breach of health and safety at work, you may be wondering who is responsible. Of course your responsibility to uphold health and safety at work is important, but at the end of the day it is your employer who is ultimately responsible for what happens in the workplace, and to this end, there should be a range of policies and procedures in place to keep you and your colleagues safe.
Your responsibility to uphold health and safety at work
Your responsibility to uphold health and safety at work is to follow the policies and procedures that have been put in place by your employer. For example, if you work in a butcher’s department in a supermarket, there will be very clear guidelines about the use of knives and other tools, as well as keeping the area clean and hygienic, and free from dirt and infection. If you don’t do this and you have an accident, or cause an accident, then liability may well fall to you.
Your employer needs to ensure that policies and procedures are followed, so any lapses in health and safety will be taken very seriously indeed. Failing in your responsibility to uphold health and safety at work may leave you liable for a warning, verbal or written, or in a worst case scenario, your employment may be terminated.
Given the seriousness of a lapse in health and safety, you can see why this is such an issue. Every year hundreds of people are injured in accidents at work, and in some cases, these accidents are fatal.
Have you been hurt in an accident at work?
If you have been hurt in an accident at work, through a lapse in health and safety and it wasn’t your fault, then you should consider making a claim for injuries received. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we will consider taking your case on if the accident was not your fault and occurred in the last three years. Your injuries must have received medical attention and we would like to know of any other evidence there may be relating to what happened to you.
Making a claim through Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that was established in the year 2000, expressly to concentrate on personal injury, including accidents at work. Making a claim with us is really straightforward. One phone call to the helpline and we can take all of your details, ask you about your accident, and get the ball rolling.
Call us – the numbers you need are 0800 689 0500 (free from your landline) or if you prefer to use your mobile phone, 0333 500 0993 (charges may apply).
Date Published: 5th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell
Category: Health and safety at work