Not only does an employer have a legal duty towards you and your colleagues, but they also have an ethical and moral duty to ensure that everyone they employ is kept safe from physical or psychological harm.
In other words your employer has a duty to take all reasonable steps to ensure your well-being, safety and health are protected when you are at work.
- Jobs that you are instructed to do are clearly and well defined
- There is a safe system of work in place
- You have been properly trained to do the job you have been instructed to do
- You have been provided with the correct work equipment to enable you to do the job you have been instructed to do
- You have been properly trained on the work equipment
- The work equipment is regularly inspected, repaired and maintained
- You have been provided with competent work colleagues
- Risk assessments are frequently carried out in the work place to identify risks of injury and control measures put in place to prevent injury
- You are not required to work excessively long hours and are provided with regular rest breaks
Should your employer disregard any of the laws and legislation that protect you whilst you are in your workplace and you suffer an injury as a direct result then you may have the right to claim personal injury compensation from your employer.
This applies whether you are a permanent employer or a temporary member of staff, such as an agency worker.
The law states that your employer must keep you reasonably safe whether you are working on or off site.
If your job requires you to work in the community your employer has a duty to keep you reasonably safe, by, for example:-
- Ensuring you have adequate protective equipment with you, such as shoe grips in icy weather (Post men and women, community care workers, ambulance staff to name just a few)
- Making sure you have a means of communicating in the event of an emergency
- Minimising risks of violence to lone workers
- Ensuring you have a mask and/or visor to protect against Covid-19
What to do if you have an injury at work
- Seek medical attention
- Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible
- Make sure the accident is accurately recorded in the accident book
- Seek advice
You may be able to claim personal injury compensation if:-
- The accident was not your fault
- The accident happened in the last three years
- You suffered in injury
- The accident could have been avoided if the work environment had been made safe by your employer.
If you would like more information or assistance relating to a claim for injuries sustained whilst at work then please contact our professional New Client Team on…..