If you have been involved in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make claim. Here at PDA, our highly professional solicitors specialise in person injury law, and have the knowledge and expertise you need to make a successful claim.
Can I make a claim?
If you have suffered because of an accident at work, you may be able to claim if you can prove that your employer was responsible for causing the accident. All employers have a duty of care to protect their employees form harm and must take adequate steps to keep their staff safe. Your employer is legally required to:
- Carry out regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards in the work place and formulate a means of reducing risk.
- Ensure staff are suitably trained to carry out their tasks. This could involve making sure that all employees who are required to lift items are enrolled on suitable manual handling courses.
- Provide staff with relevant PPE equipment, such as steel-capped work boots, hi-vis jackets and goggles.
If you have suffered as a result of your employer’s negligence and failure to carry out the required health and safety duties, you may be able to make a claim.
Types of work place accidents
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of work place accident, affecting more than 20,000 employees every year. Although many workplace falls are unavoidable, some are the result of health and safety procedures not being properly followed. Potential reasons for tripping in the work place include:
- An untidy workspace. Wires that have not been properly tided away, boxes that have been left on the floor and cluttered walking spaces are all potential trip hazards that your employer has a duty of care to resolve.
- Spillages that have not been cleaned up
- Wet floors that have not been properly sign-posted
Thankfully, most trips, slips and falls result in relatively minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, but some can cause severe injuries, such as broken bones and head injuries.
Working at Height
Working at Height is an inherently dangerous activity and it should be avoided wherever possible. In some lines of work, however, working at height is a daily task and cannot be avoided. If your job involves you working at height, your employer must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of your falling, such as providing harnesses and appropriate training. Falling from a height can result in a range of injuries, from relatively mind bone fractures to severe head and spinal injuries. According to HSE statistics, around fifty people die every year from falls in the workplace.
Manual Handling is a broad term; it is used to describe the transportation of a load, from the lifting to the putting down. If you are expected to carry object as part of your role, your employer is required to offer you manual handling training. Picking up loads incorrectly and without proper training can result in numerous injuries, including strained muscles and permanent back injuries.
Poorly maintained machinery
Severe injuries caused in the workplace usually involved workplace machinery. Sadly, despite health and safety requirements, stories of staff getting their limbs and hair caught in machines and suffering life changing injuries are becoming more frequent. Machinery that is not well maintained and faulty machinery that has not been repaired pose a serious risk to employees’ health and safety.
Not having the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to enable you to carry out a job safely is a serious health and safety concern. Your employee has a legal responsibility to provide you with all of the PPE you require to conduct your role safely.
How much will I be able to claim?
How much you are able to claim will depend on the extent on your injuries, the long-term affect they have had on you and whether you have struggled financially as a result of the accident. You will have to start your claim within three years of the accident occurring for it to be valid.
How can be PDA help?
Our personal injury lawyers are friendly, efficient and specialise in winning cases and getting clients the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss your case on 01244 373 373. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will work out how much compensation you ought to be entitled to and help you to fight for every penny of it.