Accidents at work occur in Wiltshire every day. Some are major, causing serious injuries and financial losses, but most are minor and do not necessitate medical treatment or time off work.
In spite of their frequency, most Wiltshire accidents at work are preventable. Employers simply need to conduct risk assessments to determine the environmental conditions, physical requirements and safety factors relating to specific jobs or tasks in the workplace. Once they identify uncontrolled hazards, they can take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable level of risk.
Jobs that require risk assessments
Employers should conduct risk assessments on all jobs in the workplace. However, their priority should go to the following types of jobs:
- Jobs with high accident rates;
- Jobs that can cause disabling injuries or illnesses;
- Jobs in which human error could cause severe injuries;
- Jobs that are new to the workplace or have undergone changes in processes and procedures; and
- Jobs that are complex enough to require written instructions.
Once the hazards are known, effective remedies can be put in place. Some solutions may involve implementing physical changes that eliminate or control the hazard, such as providing employees with appropriate safety gear or placing safeguards over exposed moving machine parts. Others may involve changing job procedures to eliminate or minimise the hazard.
Unfortunately, many employers fail to carry out risk assessments because they believe that they take too much time and effort. However, it is much more cost effective for employers to perform risk assessments because it saves time and money in the long run.
Employees have the right to expect to work in a safe environment and employers who fail to make accident prevention a priority increase their risk of being on the receiving end of costly Wiltshire accident at work claims.
Incidences that can lead to Wiltshire accident at work claims
If your employer has failed to provide you with a safe working environment, you have a legal right to file an accident at work claim for compensation. You must make your claim within three years of the date of your Wiltshire accident at work, and you will normally need a specialist personal injury lawyer to represent you.
At the Accident Advice Helpline, our lawyers will take your case on on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means that they will share the financial risk with you. To find out more about making a claim through us, simply call our 24/7 Freephone helpline or use our 30-second test. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 18th November 2014
Author: Jan Newell