Workplace accidents are, unfortunately, quite commonplace. They can be simple accidents but in some cases they may be construed in the eyes of the law as the fault of your employer because of:
- Negligence on the part of the employer themselves.
- Negligence on the part of another employee for whom the employer is held responsible.
- Poorly maintained or otherwise faulty equipment.
- Inadequate training, for example in the use of power tools or in correct manual handling.
All employers must hold liability insurance to cover any injuries to employees or visitors who may be injured on their premises. It is this insurance which covers claims for compensation in the event of workplace accidents.
Steps to be taken following workplace accidents
If you suffer an accident at your place of work, there are a number of steps which both you and your employer must follow.
- Report your accident to your supervisor, first aider, and union representative if you have one.
- As soon as you have received any necessary first aid, ensure the date and description of your accident is recorded in the accident book. You will be asked to sign the entry so check it carefully to make sure it is completely accurate.
- Attend your GP or hospital and describe your injuries in full, even if they seem minor. It is important that a full medical record exists, as this will be requested if you later pursue a claim for compensation.
- Complete the accident questionnaire which your employer should give you as soon as possible after your accident. If you are not given a questionnaire promptly, you should request one so that you can complete it while the details are fresh and clear in your mind. Here you can describe, in your own words, exactly how your accident happened and what injuries it caused you.
- Your employer is required to carry out an investigation of your accident, which you should assist with fully if asked to do so.
- Keep your employer informed of any absence arising from your accident, just as you would for any illness or other inability to work. Should this exceed 7 days, they are required to report it to the Health and Safety Executive, who may then launch their own investigation into the circumstances of your injury.
Following these steps carefully will ensure that accurate records are kept which will support your compensation claim. It will also help to ensure that you receive the correct treatment for your injuries and, perhaps most importantly of all, may help prevent similar, or worse, workplace accidents befalling other employees in the future.
If you’ve been injured in the last three years in an accident at work for which you believe your employer may be liable, get in touch with our experts on workplace accidents to start your no-win, no-fee claim.
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Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown