Our personal injury solicitors are experts in helping those injured in accidents at work. If you were injured due to an employer breaching health and safety regulations, please call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or start your claim online.
The causes of workplace accidents
Some accidents are unavoidable, while others are caused by someone else’s mistake, negligence or lack of care. In the workplace environment, your employer has a legal responsibility to take all reasonable and practical measures to ensure the health and safety of employees, as well as members of the public who may be using the premises.
The responsibilities of employers across all industries are laid out by UK health and safety regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as well as The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. These regulations cover everything from conducting risk assessments and training to carrying out fire safety drills and testing fire alarms, as well as acting fast when a safety risk is identified.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers has successfully represented many people whose injuries at work were caused by their employer breaching health and safety regulations. Examples include:
- Providing substandard machinery or equipment
- Failure to provide sufficient safety training for a particular task or to use specific machinery
- Failure to set out proper procedures for emergencies
- Failure to provide the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a particular task
- Neglecting to carry out or regularly review a comprehensive health and safety risk assessment, or to take the required preventative measures to reduce risk
There are very important reasons that workplace health and safety regulations exist. If your employer ignores them or fails in their responsibilities, someone could get seriously hurt.
If you want to claim compensation for a health and safety related accident at work, there are several steps we suggest you take after your accident.
How to make a health and safety at work claim
The first step if you need advice or are unsure whether or not you can claim compensation is to call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046. Our personal injury lawyers specialise in workplace accidents involving a breach of health and safety regulations, so we know exactly how to proceed with your case.
To give yourself the very best chance of success when pursuing a workplace accident compensation claim, we recommend that you follow this health and safety at work claim checklist:
- Make sure your injury is recorded in the ‘accident book’ at work and, if appropriate, reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
- Speak to your union representative or contact a specialist personal injury lawyer at Slater and Gordon directly. A health and safety claim must be made within three years of the accident so it’s worth speaking to someone as soon as you’ve decided to make a claim to ensure you’re in time and the details of your accident are still fresh in your mind.
- Speak to your health and safety representative about the matter so that measures can be put in place to make sure the same type of accident doesn’t happen to anyone else.
- Get the name and details of your employer’s insurance company - if a certificate isn’t on display anywhere, then they must give you this information when you ask.
- Check your contract so you’re aware of what sick or accident pay you’re entitled to.
Health and safety representatives
Health and safety representatives 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 workplace 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’ve any concerns regarding health and safety at your workplace, we strongly advise you to speak to your health and safety representative.
Health and safety claims - employers’ and public liability
There are a number of areas that an employer’s health and safety insurance policy must cover - these include equipment, training and supervision.
Public liability is where a company has a duty of care to all visitors to their premises (including employees from visiting companies and members of the public) to ensure they’re not at risk of injury while visiting them.
If you’ve had an accident and suffered an injury while on company premises, you might have a personal injury claim if it can be proved that there were insufficient health and safety provisions made. Contact the specialist personal injury claims team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers for advice on whether you have a valid claim and the next steps to take. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
Choose Slater and Gordon for No Win, No Fee claims
98% of Slater and Gordon’s work accident injury claims are funded through a No Win, No Fee agreement, which is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. If you’re unsuccessful in your claim for compensation, there’ll be no fee to pay. This means there is no financial risk to you, so you can pursue your work health safety claim in full confidence.
Slater and Gordon is a leading personal injury law firm with offices across the UK. Many of our solicitors are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).
Our solicitors can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK. If you need our help, we won’t let you down.