Regardless of the industry sector you work in, as an employee, you should be able to expect that your working environment be kept as safe as possible by your employers and that you are provided with a safe and healthy environment for you to flourish in
Yet, there are many occurrences in offices which result in compromising the health of dedicated and hardworking staff.
Where you have had accident at work you could be entitled to compensation. Employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their staff. This means taking reasonable steps to ensure employees do not suffer injury. They are required to have proper insurances in place to cover your work accident.
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Work accidents include accidents that arise from poor training, careless health and safety practices, exposure to hazardous products, bullying and victimisation.
If your employer does not comply with the Health and Safety Law and you have suffered an injury you may be entitled to compensation as your employer is under a legal obligation.
Workplace injuries can be prevented if the employers keep the premises safe from all potential hazards. Should the work place cause an injury, there may be grounds for an accident at work claim.
Who Can Claim
If you’ve been in an accident caused by poor workplace practices, you may have a case for a claim. In some cases, you may even be able to claim if you caused the accident, but your workplace made your injury worse. For example, you may have been using a faulty piece of equipment.
Under UK law, all employers and business owners must have Employer’s Liability Insurance, and comply with the latest Health and Safety legislation. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hazardous environment, like a building site, or even somewhere ‘safe’ like an office. It’s your employer’s duty to keep you safe,
There are many types of accidents or injuries that could lead to a public liability claim. These include:
- Slips, trips and falls caused by potholes, dangerous footpaths and pavements and untreated surfaces in winter weather whether that is inside supermarkets, shopping centres, schools or car parks, defective stairwells or perhaps caused on the street by protruding tree roots or uneven pavements
- Injury from objects, for example, falling from a height or caused by sharp objects that should have been covered and made safe
- Obstructions on the road, pedestrian footpaths or trip hazards.
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