Workplace Accident Claims

Workplace Accident Claims

There are many different potential hazards in the workplace and of course, it depends on the type of job you do, as to what type of hazard you may encounter.

All employers have a legal responsibility to keep their employees safe at work. This includes things like making sure people are properly trained, providing safety equipment and maintaining safe working conditions. This duty to maintain safety at work is outlined in legislation and regulations which employers must abide by.

At Nelsons, we deal with many work accident compensation claims involving all sorts of personal injuries. Accidents can range from minor trips and falls, causing injuries like sprains to life-changing injuries, such as multiple fractures, and head and back injuries.

In all cases, hindering your ability to work will have an impact on your life. If you’re unable to work you might have difficulty paying your bills or managing your mortgage. You could also face expenses, such as paying for care, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Common causes of injury at work

General workplace safety

Examples of maintaining a safe workplace include ensuring all traffic and walking routes are kept clear, electrics are kept well maintained and work equipment is stored securely so it cannot fall.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that:

“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees”.

Manual handling

Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. If your work involves manual handling, such as lifting, you should be trained in how to do these tasks safely. For any potentially hazardous tasks, your employer should assess the situation to see if it can be changed to make it safe or if mechanical assistance should be provided.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations define manual handling as:

...any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force“.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE covers a variety of clothing/equipment, which protects you from risks to your health and safety. This equipment can include anything from safety goggles, gloves, safety helmets to safety boots and harnesses.

Simply providing you with the PPE does not go far enough. Under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, employers should also train staff in how to use the PPE and it should be properly maintained to ensure it offers the fullest protection.

Lisa PreeceHow can Nelsons help?

Lisa Preece is a Partner in our Personal Injury team.

If you have suffered an injury or injuries in an accident at work and you feel that your employer could be to blame, then you may have a claim for compensation. It’s important to start the claim process as soon as possible after the accident while the events are still fresh in people’s minds.

At Nelsons, we offer confidential advice on a variety of workplace accident claims and also offer no-win no fee agreements. We realise that making a claim against your employer can be a challenging task but employers should have employers liability insurance in place to cover these types of situations.

Please contact Lisa or another member of the team on 0800 024 1976 or via our online form and we will be happy to discuss your compensation claim with you.

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