Accidents in the Workplace
According to national figures more accidents occur in the workplace than anywhere else; almost half of the accidents that occur happen in the workplace even though by law your employer has to protect your health and safety as well as your welfare in the workplace. They have to make sure that your workplace is safe and poses no risk to your health so as part of this duty your employer must ensure the following:
- Keep dust, fumes and noise under control
- Make sure that machinery is safe and regularly maintained and that the systems used in the workplace are safe
- Provide protective clothing where necessary
- Report certain diseases and injuries to the relevant authority
- Provide adequate first aid equipment and facilities
- Take precautions against fire and provide adequate means of escape and means of fighting fire
- Assess the risks that might be involved in work practices such as using a computer
If you believe that there is a danger to your work environment or any of the following aren't put into practice then you have a right to protect yourself, which could mean leaving work until the danger is resolved.Some of the common workplace accidents are:
- Construction Accidents
- Vibration White Finger
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Slip Trip or Fall
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss
- Chemical Poisoning
Your employer has to protect you as an employee as well as any contractors or visitors to your workplace; they need to protect against accidents and injury. One way this can be achieved is through carrying out regular risk assessments within the work place to make sure that any potential dangers are resolved or to stop any previous accidents from happening again.
If you do feel that your employer has failed in a duty of care and you are left suffering as a result of it then you are eligible to bring a compensation claim against them. Many people are regrettably reluctant to bring a compensation claim against their employer or place of work as they are worried about the repercussions of taking their employer to court. Generally these fears are groundless as all employers are obliged by law to have Employer's Liability Insurance, which should cover them if an employee is injured in the workplace
If you have suffered an accident in the workplace that has left you with a personal injury in the last three years then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation and here at Help With Your Claim we will help you every step of the way.
To find out more about what Help With Your Claim can do for you contact us today and we will help you in anyway that we can with making your claim for compensation.