Accident at Work
Each year approximately 1.6 million accidents occur in the workplace, with 35% of these due to slips, trips and falls; over 100,000 are due to incorrect lighting conditions.
There are now many rules and regulations concerning health and safety in the workplace, and much information is available to employers to help prevent accidents at work, yet the statistics show that 1 in 11 employees will be involved in some kind of accident at work every year.
If you have been involved in an accident at work, no matter how minor, it is important that your employer follows the correct procedures of accident reporting. If an employee is off work for longer than three days due to an injury sustained at work, an official report of the incident must be submitted to the Incident Contact Centre (ICC) as laid down by RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation 1995.
It is important to remember that your employer has an obligation by law to provide you with a safe environment in which to work. Your employer must also provide you with the correct tools or equipment to carry out your duties, and must also ensure any such equipment is kept well maintained.
If you are involved in an accident at work and feel this was due to your employer’s negligence, you should then be eligible to make a claim for compensation against them. Proving liability for an accident at work can be a daunting prospect and is best left to the experts. After your initial call to personalinjuryclaims.net, your case will be forwarded to a specialist personal injury claims solicitor who deals with accidents at work, to ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your claim.
As with all personal injury claims, the more supporting evidence that you can provide, the more chance you will have of a successful claim. In the first instance following an accident at work, you should ensure that your employers have recorded the incident in the Accident Book. All employers are legally required to have one of these on their premises, and all injuries sustained in the workplace, however small, must be recorded in this book.
Some injuries will necessitate a visit to your local A&E Department, and details of your treatment should also be recorded as evidence for your claim. However minor your injuries it is always a good idea to consult your GP as soon as possible after the accident, as proof that you have sought medical advice.
The most common accidents at work are slips, trips and falls due to inadequate risk assessment on the part of the employer. However, there is another area of negligence that comes under Occupational Illnesses and Disease. This is when you are found to be suffering from a long term condition as a direct result of your working conditions: e.g. Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) from using hand tools; problems with your ears due to working in a noisy environment; or respiratory problems due to long term exposure to hazardous substances. There are specialist lawyers available for cases such as these and personalinjuryclaims.net will be able to help you find the best firm of solicitors to assist with your claim and get you the compensation that you deserve.
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