Health and safety at work is no joke; according to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) more than 1.2 million employees suffered some illness or injury due to their work in the year 2013/2014 – a serious number considering all the laws and regulations are actually in place to safeguard the health and safety of the employee. Your employer has responsibilities, but often these are not kept or met according to the requirements.
Your employer is legally bound, according to the Health and Safety at Work regulation, Act of 1974, to ensure the health and safety of all employees. If your employer has been negligent and you have been in an accident because of this, you may be entitled to an accident at work claim and compensation. Here’s what you should know about employers’ responsibilities for health and safety when filing a claim.
Your employer’s obligations
There are many laws and pieces of legislation in place to ensure that the employee has the best possible working environment when it comes to health and safety; it is all described in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which also tries to regulate the enforcement thereof. It also provides practical information and implementation.
As far as is reasonable and practical, your employer should do everything they can to ensure your workplace is safe and healthy. This includes:
- Carrying out risk assessments of working roles and the environment
- Providing all necessary safety equipment
- Providing clear instructions, training, and information regarding safe practices
- Setting up emergency procedures
- Providing safety zones and safety exits
There are many injuries that could be sustained in the workplace, but here are just some of the most common ones:
- Strains or other injuries due to slips and falls or other forms of impact. If you’ve received a heady injury, for example, you should be entitled to head injury at work compensation
- Skin conditions or injuries due to chemicals
- Asthma or other forms of pulmonary problems
No Win, No Fee
Contact a professional if you feel you have been injured through no fault of your own; there are many solicitors with experience in personal injury claims who are willing to work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
It’s not always easy to know what kind of direction you should take when you are a victim – it all depends on the available information – and what kind of information can be documented to prove liability. It’s important you seek professional legal advice if you have been a victim. A solicitor specialising in injuries at the workplace can give you invaluable aid to seek compensation and help you cope. It would be a shame if you didn’t; you deserve it, after all.