Your employer claiming they were unaware of certain health and safety rules and regulations will not stop a successful injury claim if you are injured in an accident at work – ignorance is no defence. Protecting the health and safety of their employees while in the work place is part of being an employer and the information they need is readily available on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
A solicitor in Angus tells you the information that is relevant
HSE always update any changes to the rules and regulations on their very user friendly website. Employers will know that any information they take from the site will be up to date and relevant, which is really important where health and safety matters are concerned.
The aim of HSE is to reduce accidents in the workplace and they have achieved large successes with this over the last 20 years. They still want to decrease the figures further and will gladly help any employer with their health and safety issues.
A solicitor in Angus expects all employers to carry out risk assessments
Risk assessments are one of the things an employer has to do but are quite often put off because the name conjures up images of expensive reams of paper that no one can understand. All it really means is that they should check the workplace for any risks and take action if they find any.
Speaking to the staff to see if they have spotted something the employer has missed is never a bad idea. If they have more than 5 employees, the assessment needs to be written down. Less than 5, it’s not legally required, but still good practice to keep a record of what is found.
Before telling a solicitor in Angus about your injury, you need to report it to HSE
Another duty employers have is to report serious accidents to HSE. If you suspect that the employer has not done so, you should report it yourself. HSE will check the problem out and ensure it doesn’t happen to anyone else, closing the premises if necessary. The sorts of accidents they would expect to be reported are:
- Major injuries including broken limbs or ribs.
- Industrial illnesses and diseases.
- Collapse of scaffolding or walls etc.
- People overcome by gas or fumes.
- An injury that would need you to have more than seven days off work.
All accidents, no matter how minor should be recorded in an accident book. Not only will a record help you in the future if you want to make a personal injury claim, but it also helps the employer to see if similar accidents keep happening, so they can takes steps to make sure they are avoided.
A solicitor in Angus can help with your claim
Accident Advice Helpline are second to none for dealing with personal injury claims. We believe in taking care of our claimants, making sure they get the best deal for what has gone wrong for them.
On our helpline number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, you can speak to one of our friendly advisers, or you can complete the 30-second test online for guidance.