Workplace Accidents: What Must Employers Do
Posted: June 22, 2015
Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries
Thousands of people lose their life or are seriously injured every year across the UK due to accidents in the workplace. The number of injuries affects workers, employers and the British economy with many having to take time off of work as a result of their injuries.
With many in Glasgow employed in some of the most dangerous areas of work, such as manufacturing or construction, it is important to make sure you are protected when in the workplace. Whether you work at height or in an office, your employer has an obligation to ensure you are safe in the workplace.
Employer’s Duty of Care
Regardless of where you work, you have the right to be safe in the workplace. Your employer has a duty of care to you and all of those working. As part of this duty, your employer should provide you with the correct equipment and safety equipment so that you can complete your job. Equipment must be suitable for the purpose, with ineffective or inappropriate equipment often being the key to an accident. Equipment must be stored properly, maintained and kept in good condition.
Employees must also be given the correct safety equipment to protect them if they are in a vulnerable working condition, such as working from a height. Employers must ensure that their staff are well informed of the correct processes and trained to use any machinery safely. Employers have an obligation to carry out training to protect staff, or else, if there is an accident, they run the risk of a serious court case or compensation claim.
Whether it be construction or in a workplace that requires safety protection, if you are worried about the health and safety conditions, or the equipment you are using in the workplace you should contact a solicitor or the Health and Safety Executive.
When Can You Make A Claim
If you have been injured in the last three years in the workplace, through no fault of your own, you could be able to make a compensation claim. If you were injured as a result of not having the proper training when using a piece of equipment, having ineffective health and safety equipment or having ineffective equipment then you will be able to make a claim.
it is important to note that if you are responsible for your accident and injuries then you will not be able to make a claim.
No Win, No Fee Claims
We understand that when people are injured through no fault of their own, they want justice. However, many believe that taking legal action will be too expensive or too risky for their finances. Therefore, we operate on a no win, no fee basis* meaning that you do not get charged for the legal advice and representation you received in you are unsuccessful in obtaining compensation. We will only take a payment if you are successful in obtaining compensation.
To build a strong case our team of solicitors will require as much evidence as possible, however, they will inform you of what is needed when you call our team of solicitors.
If you have been injured through no fault of your in the workplace, or in public, our team of solicitors can give you the advice and representation to get your personal injury claim underway. Contact us today using our online contact form.
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