Accident at Work Claim
The law states that all employers must ensure floors are suitable for use and to make sure slipping or tripping hazards are eliminated as much as possible. If this is not the case you may want to make an accident at work claim.
Further, your employer must ensure your place of work is safe, even if you are working away from your usual place of work, or at another employer’s premises.
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Injured by Work Equipment
Whether you are using industrial type work equipment such as saws or machinery, or even more ordinary work equipment, the law states work equipment must be safe for use. Strict European laws operate in this area and if you are injured by work equipment the law states your employer will be responsible even if they checked the equipment regularly.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, the Employer’s Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969 and the law of negligence protect employees in this area.
Failure to Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Employers are under a strict duty to not only provide suitable PPE, but to also make sure employees use it and that it is stored and maintained properly. However, employees must ensure they use PPE provided. If a system of work is unsafe it is no defence for an employer to argue they provided the best PPE available as the Courts have held that if PPE will not eliminate the risk of injury, the entire system of work needs to be modified.
Remember, the law states that PPE should be a last resort – the employer should do all they can to avoid the risk of injury before turning to PPE.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 state that the employer must first do all they can to avoid employees having to engage in manual handling. To do this they could use lifting equipment for example, or perhaps rethink the work system.
If they can prove that manual handling was unavoidable they will then need to prove they did everything they could to avoid the risk of injury, such as two man lifts, breaking up the load, avoiding stairs etc. They also need to advise employees about the weight of a load and must also ensure employees are suitably trained and that each task is risk assessed.
Work at Height and Falls From Ladders
All employees working at height are protected by the Work at Height Regulations 2005. These European-based laws dictate strict rules to protect employees when working at height. All work at height, including working on ladders, must be risk assessed and the equipment used must be suitable. These laws also protect employees who are injured by falling objects.
Make An Accident at Work Claim
To make an accident at work claim, contact us now by either filling in the quick and easy form on the left of this page or call us on 0161 447 9191.