From the moment you start work, your employer has a duty... to keep you safe. Employers are legally bound to ensure you are not at risk of injury whilst at work & if there is a risk, measures are put in place to protect you. However, if you have had an accident at work, or your safety was neglected, you could be entitled to compensation.
If you have had an accident at work, it is worth exploring whether you can make a claim. There is a 3 year period from the date the accident occurred to do this, where you will also need to prove that the injury or illness you suffered or are suffering with was due the negligence of of a 3rd party; your employer, an employee or another individual.
There are many types of accidents that can happen in the work place:
- Slips and trips at work
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord & Back injury
- Industrial Disease
- Repetitive strain injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Defective work equipment
- PPE – Inadequate protective equipment or clothing
- Manual handling
- Falls from heights
- Falling objects
- Falls from heights
- Inadequate training
- Burns and scars
- Chemical, dust, fumes & gas injuries
- Farm accidents
So what should you do if you have had an accident at work?
- Make sure you record the incident in a company accident book. This ensures your employer has acknowledged the accident.
- Once this has been recorded, check your employer has informed & logged the incident with HSE (Health & Safety Executive).
- You could be entitled to SSP (Statutory Sick Pay) or even Company Sick Pay / benefits, so it is worth checking your contract of employment to see your entitlement.
- Having visible records of your accident with official bodies is vital when you make a claim, make sure you:
- Whether your injuries are minor or serious, see your GP or a health specialist.
- Contact the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) and register your claim as an Industrial Injury.
If you or a loved one have suffered an accident at work, get in touch with us on 0800 111 6144 or make an online enquiry.