Health & Safety Claims
It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure that their employees can do their job safely and without risk of injury. To this end your employer must make sure that the workplace and any necessary equipment is well maintained and safe to use. It is also crucial that suitable training has been given to employees and that you have appropriate supervision.
We have acted for many individuals whose injuries at work were caused by their employer contravening Health & Safety regulations – be that by providing sub standard machinery and equipment or insufficient training.What to do if you have had an injury at work
If you have had an accident at work and want to make a claim there are several steps we suggest that you take after your accident.
Work accident checklist
- Make sure your injury is recorded in the ‘accident book’ at work and, if appropriate, reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
- Speak to your Union Rep or contact a specialist personal injury lawyer directly. A Health & Safety claim must be made within three years of the accident so it is worth speaking to someone as soon as you have decided to make a claim to ensure you are in time and the details of your accident are still fresh in your mind
- Speak to your Health & Safety Rep about the matter so steps can be put in place to make sure the same type of accident does not happen to anyone else
- Get the name of your employer’s insurance company – if a certificate is not on display anywhere then they must give you this information when you ask
- Check your contract so you are aware of what sick or accident pay you are entitled to
Health & Safety Claim: Employers Liability
There are a number of areas that an employers' Health & Safety policy must cover – these include equipment, training and supervision.
Health & Safety Claim: Public Liability
Public Liability is where a company has a duty of care to all visitors to their premises (including members of the public or employees from visiting companies) to ensure they are not at risk of injury whilst visiting them.
If you have had an accident and suffered an injury whilst on company premises you might have a personal injury claim, if it can be proved that there were insufficient health and safety provisions made.
Health & Safety Representatives (Reps)
Health & Safety Reps are employees, appointed by trade unions at workplaces where they have membership.
The role of a Safety Representative is to keep health, safety and welfare arrangements in the work place under continual review. They can investigate potential hazards and the causes of accidents and investigate employee complaints. Representatives can raise matters on health and safety and welfare with the employer, carry out inspections and consult with the various Inspectors and enforcement authorities.
If you have any concerns regarding Health & Safety at your work we strongly advise you to speak to your Health & Safety Rep.
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