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Accidents at work are unfortunately very common and can occur in any type of job.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident at work through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Your employer has a legal duty to provide its employees with a safe place of work and to take steps to ensure that the risk of an accident at work occurring is minimal. They are also responsible for providing safe and adequate equipment to work with (including protective clothing and equipment), competent fellow employees to work with and adequate training and supervision.
Each and every worker is required to be fully trained to minimise the risks of accidents occurring. In addition there are Health and Safety Laws and Regulations in place that your employer should comply with to help ensure a safe working environment.
Your employer has a duty to:
- Carry out regular risk assessments. Before a job is carried out, the job must have already been assessed to be safe.
- Ensure all work areas, machinery and equipment are kept in a safe condition;
- Assess all work equipment, carrying out regular checks to ensure that the work equipment is in good working order;
- Provide employees with relevant information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure they work safely;
- Provide adequate protective clothing and equipment;
- Ensure that its employees ways of working is safe;
- Ensure that all employees are aware of potential hazards;
- Provide all employees with training to help them become familiar with their new work environment, equipment, materials and procedures.
If your employer fails to comply with Health and Safety Regulations, and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
Employees also have Health and Safety duties:
- To take reasonable care of the health and safety of themselves and also of others in the workplace;
- To co-operate with the employer on health and safety matters;
- Not to misuse any work equipment that they have been provided with;
- To complete relevant health and safety training;
- To report any hazards in the workplace as soon as possible.
It is very important that you take all reasonable steps within your workplace to avoid accidents at work from happening. It is important that you feel safe in your workplace.
What to do if you have an accident at work
Record Details of the accident.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of an accident at work, ensure that you document everything that has happened. Your employer should have an Accident Book for you to records the details. However, if this is not the case, make a note of all the relevant information of your work injury, including your name, the date and time of the accident, how the accident happened and the names of any witnesses to your accident. This should be done officially by sending a letter to your employer giving all the details of your accident.
Eye Witnesses and photographs
If you have any eye witnesses to the accident, ensure that they write witness statements stating exactly what they saw, when and where and get their details – full name, addresses, phone numbers etc.
Also if possible take photographs of your accident location, the machinery or work equipment that caused or was involved in your accident and even your injuries. This can be done on your mobile phone.
The next step is to see a medical professional about the injury you have sustained. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have to go to hospital or you may see your GP. Tell the doctor exactly when and where you injured yourself and how you sustained the injury. The doctor should document the injuries you have sustained. This will then be helpful in establishing the link between the accident and your injury, should there be any dispute about it from your employer’s insurers in the future.
As well as claiming compensation for your injuries, you can also recover any loss of earnings and any reasonable expenses and losses you have incurred as a result of your work injury. You will need to document everything. It is very important that you make a list of everything you have paid for and keep receipts for them, including medication, physiotherapy, items of damaged clothing and travelling expenses. Keep a note of the journeys you have made (for example, hospital appointments), the mileage incurred and any parking charges. If you have used public transport, keep your taxi/bus tickets. You will need to prove everything you want to claim for, so it is very important that you keep all the receipts.
Your employer is required by law to have Employers Liability Insurance and therefore if you were to make a claim for compensation this should be paid by your employer’s insurers and not your employer themselves.
If you have been involved in an accident at work and have sustained personal injury and would like to consider making a claim for compensation then please contact us: