Every employer has a legal duty to protect your health and safety while you are at work. If they do not do this, and as a result you have an accident which causes you to sustain an injury, then you may want to contact solicitors in East Yorkshire as you could be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
The most common accidents that occur at work are slips, trips and falls
Some of the most common accidents to occur in a workplace are slips, trips and falls. On average, more than 40% of all major injuries are because of a fall from height. There are regulations for working at height that all employers should follow, such as:
- Making sure that all floors are in a good, suitable condition, and that they are free from any obstructions to enable workers to move around safely;
- Carrying out risk assessments and acting on findings to ensure safety;
- Keeping the working at height to a minimum unless it is absolutely necessary;
- Providing safety equipment for anyone who has to work at height;
- Ensuring that staff know how to use the safety equipment, and that they do so; and
- Making sure that there are safety rails in place.
If your employer has failed to provide a safe workplace, solicitors in East Yorkshire may be able to help you obtain compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
Employees can help to prevent slips, trips and falls at work
Employees can help in the quest to prevent slips, trips and falls at work by:
- Reporting and ensuring that any obstructions or spillages are dealt with as soon as possible;
- Playing their part and keeping their workplace tidy;
- Reporting an accident or near miss to their employer, who can use the information to help prevent an accident happening to someone else;
- Not doing anything that would put themselves or anyone else in any danger; and
- Reporting any safety issues to the employer, such as damaged hand rails, no safety boards or damaged floors.
However, if you report potential safety risks to your employers and they fail to act on them, they can still be held liable for any accidents which occur.
Looking for solicitors in East Yorkshire?
If you need legal help and you’re looking for solicitors in East Yorkshire, we may be able to help. At Accident Advice Helpline we operate on a nationwide basis so we’re able to help claimants from all over the country.
If you think you’re owed compensation, why not get in touch with us and find out how we can assist you?
Call Accident Advice Helpline now
For free no-obligation advice and help with your claim, contact us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 25th March 2014
Author: David Brown