You are entitled to be protected from the risk of being injured at work as a result of negligence on the part of your Employer irrespective of
- Where you work and
- Who your Employer is
Health and Safety Laws and Regulations exist to help reduce the risk of your being injured in an accident at work and your Employer has to put procedures in place to
- identify the specific risks that arise at your place of work
- assess the level of risk
- put in place procedures to reduce that risk to as low a level as is reasonable
Apart from the general duty to provide you with a safe place of work Laws and Regulations exist to specifically make your Employer consider and deal with the following
- the need for safe equipment
- the prevention of accidents such as tripping and slipping
- your receiving adequate training;
- your being adequately supervised
- your having appropriate safety equipment foe every activity you undertake where that may be necessary
- how you should lift anything or engage in any manual handling;
- working at height – such as on a ladder or scaffolding.
If your Employer does not pay sufficient attention to the duties they have and you are injured as a result of this neglect then you should not feel any sense of embarrassment or guilt at making a claim.
If you sustain an injury as a result of being involved in an accident at work you may be entitled to claim compensation to cover
- your injuries, pain and suffering
- any residual disability you may be left with
- other losses that you have suffered as a result of your injuries, including loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses
What should you do:
- make sure that you write down in the Accident Book at work the circumstances of the accident and details of your injuries as soon as possible or get someone to do that for you checking their entry later
- try and get photographs taken of where the accident occurred showing the cause – use your Phone if necessary
- ask a colleague to inspect where and why the accident occurred and to make a Note of what they saw
- call us as soon as possible for free initial advice.
- Claims have to be made the subject of Court Proceedings within 3 years of the date of your accident so do not delay in consulting us for advice.
We can advise you on the basis of a ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement.