Love or loathe your job, one thing you expect is that when you go to work, you’ll be safe. But every year, thousands of people in the UK are injured as the result of an accident in the workplace.
Workplace Accident Compensation Claims
We understand that making a compensation claim against a current or former employer isn’t always easy. But if you’ve been injured as the result of a workplace accident, you might find yourself unable to work for a time and out of pocket for additional expenses like care and travel to and from medical appointments.
If your accident wasn’t your fault or if your employer has failed to ensure your safety, you may be able to claim compensation.
What Your Employer Must do to Keep You Safe at Work
Whatever your job, whether you’re based in an office, a shop or a bar, your employer has responsibilities to keep you safe.
Here’s a quick and simple rundown of what your employer is expected to do in order to keep you safe in the workplace.
Identify Things in the Workplace That Might Cause You Harm
As part of your employer’s risk assessment, they should identify anything in the workplace that might cause you harm and the take the necessary steps to stop it from doing so.
Explain to You Who is Responsible for Controlling Risks and How They Do It
Your employer has a responsibility to explain to you in a way that you can easily understand:
- Who is responsible for controlling risks in the workplace
- How risks are controlled and the measures taken for your safety
Consult with Employees and Their Health and Safety Representatives
It is the duty of your employers to consult with employees and Health and Safety representatives with regard to protecting everyone from harm
Provide You With the Necessary Health and Safety Training
Your employer must provide you with any health and safety training you need to carry out your job safely. They must also do so at no cost to you.
Provide Necessary Clothing and Equipment
Your employer must provide you with adequate protective clothing or equipment you need to ensure your safety in the workplace and they must ensure you are trained on using that equipment properly
Provide Toilets, Washing Facilities and Drinking Water
Your employer has a legal obligation to make sure that you have access to toilets, washing facilities and drinking water in the workplace at all times
Ensure You Have Access to First Aid Facilities
Your employer must ensure there are adequate First Aid facilities on site. In most cases, this will take the form of a First Aid box.
Report Serious Injuries or Fatalities to the HSE
The Health and Safety Executive’s Incident Contact Centre must be informed by your employer in the event of any serious injury or fatality on site.
Have the Appropriate Insurance
Your employer must have the appropriate insurance to cover you in the event of an illness or injury that happens as the result of an incident at work.
What if Your Employer Doesn’t Meet their Responsibilities?
If you have been injured as the result of an accident in the workplace, you might be eligible to make a workplace compensation claim.
We can help.
In over 12 years in business, HW Solicitors has handled thousands of successful compensation claims, including many accidents at work claims. We understand the complexities of claiming against an employer and go the extra mile to take the hassle out of it for you.
We don’t employ middle men. That means that you’ll be dealing with the experienced and qualified solicitor handling your case from the moment you pick up the phone until the day you receive your compensation.
If you’ve been the victim of an accident at work and would like a chat in confidence about your options, you can:
- Call us on the number above and speak to one of our solicitors in absolute confidenc
- Submit an online enquiry and one of our solicitors will call you back
- Pop into our office in Huddersfield. We handle claims all over the country, but if you do happen to be local to our Huddersfield office and would prefer to speak face to face to your solicitor, then visits us there.