What can you do if you are injured at work? Freeclaim Solicitors have put together a helpful guide on your rights and how to stay protected in the workplace.
Employers by law must take measures to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees. This starts from the time you enter a workplace or where you are travelling to other workplaces as part of your job.
As part of their duty, they must:
- Make sure any machinery/plant is safe and maintained regularly and that the systems used are safe
- Keep dust, noise and fumes under control
- Provide protective clothing or equipment where necessary
- Provide adequate first aid equipment
- Provide adequate fire equipment, adequate means of escape from fire and take precautions against the risk of fire in the workplace
- Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), your employer has a duty to report work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous incidents to your local authority’s Health & Safety Department, such as major injuries, dangerous incidents, people overcome by gas and any other injuries that stop employees from doing their usual work for more than 3 consecutive days.
- Assess risks in work systems and procedures, including for example using a computer
Employers are also bound by law to keep an ‘accident book’ – all accidents in the workplace must be fully documented in this.
Employees also have certain obligations. All employees must also cooperate to make workplaces safe and take reasonable care of both their own health and safety at work and their colleagues.
If you’re unfortunate to suffer injury at work and need time off, you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Some employers also offer their own additional sick pay scheme so check your contract of employment for details.
If you feel that your injuries have been caused due to negligence in the workplace then you should speak to an experienced work accident solicitor as soon as possible who can help you get the compensation you deserve. It is understandable that many employees are concerned about making a claim for compensation against their employer and fear this will harm their relationship or even lead to dismissal. Your employer cannot dismiss you for making a claim. Also, employers must have insurance to cover them for personal injury claims and therefore if you are successful, your compensation will be paid by the insurer.
What’s more, by pursuing a workplace accident claim, a good employer will normally take steps to review health and safety and ensure that the workplace is a safer environment for all employees.
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury due to your employer’s negligence, Freeclaim Solicitors can help you make a claim. We have specialist accident at work solicitors who can handle your case on a no win no fee basis. Call our work accident helpline on 0800 612 7340, or fill in our online enquiry form.