Accidents at Work and How to Claim
An accident at work claim and accidents at work in general are more common than you might think. If you’ve been injured at work as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, you may be entitled to a work compensation claim.
When it comes to claiming for your injuries, it certainly pays to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. This is where we come in! We are experts in handling all types of accident at work claims, always going above and beyond to get you the compensation you deserve.
What is an accident at work claim?
The law states that all employers must ensure that their premises are free from hazards that could potential cause accidents at work.
In order to minimise the risk of accidents, your employer must also ensure that other areas of your working environment are compliant with all health and safety guidelines. For example, floors in the workplace must be suitable for use and any slipping or tripping hazards should be eliminated as far as possible.
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Been injured at work? You’re in the right place
Whether your role entails using dangerous, heavy-duty machinery, or you work at a desk, the law states that all work equipment must be safe to use. Strict European laws operate in this area and if your employer fails to abide by the law, and you’re injured at work as a result of unsafe work equipment, your employer will be expected to accept liability.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, the Employer’s Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969, and the law of negligence all protect employees in this area.
Failure to Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All employers have a strict duty not only to provide suitable PPE, but also to make sure that employees use it, and that it is stored and maintained properly.
All employees must use the PPE provided. In a court of law, it is not enough for an employer to argue that they provided the best PPE available. The court can still decide that the equipment is not suitably placed to eliminate the risk of injury. In this case, modifications to existing PPE will be needed.
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 all employers must do everything in their power to avoid the need for employees to engage in manual handling.
If they can prove that manual handling was unavoidable, they will then need to prove that 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 ensure that the employees concerned are suitably trained. Each lifting task should also be 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.
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If you’ve had an accident at work and want to make a claim, get in touch today. Our friendly and professional team is always on had to answer any of your questions, going above and beyond to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. You can contact us by completing our quick and easy form or by calling us on 0161 447 9191 – we’re always happy to help!