Accidents can happen in any kind of workplace. Naturally they are more likely in workplaces that involve obvious hazards such as tools and heavy machinery, but even small, quiet offices can become the site of workplace accidents. The different types of accidents at work can range from trips and slips to major industrial accidents, and the damage done can range from minor injuries to serious long-term health conditions or even fatalities. This is why employers are subject to health and safety laws; to ensure they safeguard their employees as far as possible against injury.
Types of Workplace Accidents
The kinds of accidents that can take place in the workplace and the types of injury that can result are extremely varied. Some types of accident and injury are especially associated with certain workplaces, for example, commercial kitchens have a greater number of accidents involving burns and scalds than most workplaces. Any workplace where manual labour takes place is likely to carry the risk of injury due to heavy lifting.
Other types of accident can occur in almost any workplace. In office workplaces, tripping and slipping are among the more common types of accident, and this can occur in just about any kind of workplace. The results of these kind of accidents can be as varied as the different types of workplaces. Falling over as a result of a trip or slip can cause no real damage at one end of the scale, but at the other extreme it can cause broken bones or serious back injuries.
Accidents at Work and the Law
Sometimes accidents happen, but sometimes they are the result of carelessness or negligence on the part of an employer. By law, all employers are required to provide their employees with a safe place to work and to make sure that they take reasonable, active steps to minimise risks to health and safety. These rights are not limited to full-time, permanent staff; part-time workers, temporary employees, and even independent contractors also have a right to a safe and healthy workplace.
There are a number of steps that employers must take in order to maintain a safe working environment. They must pay close attention to their policies, procedures and working practices to ensure that risks are minimised. Notably, this might include things like making sure that suitable safety equipment is used, or taking steps to ensure that hazardous materials are contained. All employees must receive training before engaging in activities that can result in injury if carried out incorrectly, such as heavy lifting.
The law also expects employers to hire suitable, competent employees with appropriate knowledge and skills for the role, and this can also include health and safety matters. Partly because of this, employers can be partly or fully liable under the law for the actions of on-duty employees that create a hazard or lead to an accident – though the law also includes provision for employees to be personally liable in some cases too.
What if you have had an Accident in the Workplace?
If you suffer an accident in the workplace as a result of your employer’s or a colleague’s negligence, then you could be eligible to take legal action against them. If the injury took place within the last three years and you were not at fault, then you could be entitled to claim for compensation. Whether you make a claim against your employer or a co-worker depends very much on the individual circumstances, but claiming compensation from an employer is much more common.
Legal action will only normally go ahead after it has been established that there is indeed blame attached to the party in question, and that they fell short of their obligations under the law. Most cases that move beyond the stage of early enquiries are therefore not so much concerned with establishing legal fault as with working out what would be an appropriate level of compensation for the suffering caused.
Some employees who would be entitled to compensation decide not to go ahead with legal action – often, this is because they feel that suing their employer might have repercussions for job security or future career prospects in their current workplace, but there are laws in place to protect them from such unfair treatment. It is also important that both sides remember that seeking compensation is not a personal attack; it is just about upholding rights and establishing a fair sum for the compensation payments and there does not necessarily have to be any ill feeling afterwards.
Making a Compensation Claim
The easiest and most effective way to make a compensation claim after a workplace accident is often to contact a specialist legal team. This will give you the benefit of professional, expert assistance in navigating the legal process, and will take most the hassle out of your hands so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and from the stress of the experience.
At AccidentAtWorkClaims.Co, we specialise in helping people to claim compensation for the injuries they have suffered through the negligence of others. If your employer or a colleague has failed to properly maintain a safe and healthy environment for you to work in and you have been harmed as a result, our experts will be able to assess the specifics of your case and guide you towards the best result. We will be able to support you through every stage of the claims process, explaining everything clearly and in a way which is free from jargon.
No Win No Fee Claims
With AccidentAtWorkClaims.Co, you get a no win no fee service. You don’t have to pay us anything up front, and you won’t have to pay us anything at all if you don’t successfully get compensation for your injuries. We specialise in no win no fee claims – more properly known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) – because that means you are never left out of pocket, and have nothing to lose by making your claim.
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