Accidents at Work
What Is an Accident at Work?
An accident at work can occur when defective equipment is provided to employees or with substandard working conditions. This sort of injury might be unexpected, however, could have been prevented from occurring.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS) there were 555,000 estimated non- fatal injuries to workers between 2017 – 2018.
All in all, 3.9 million working days were lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries (LFS, 2017/18).
Potential scenarios to Claim for An Accident at Work
- Failure to pursue safety procedures by your employer.
- Injuries sustained which have been made worse by faulty PPE (Personal Protective equipment).
- An injury at work which led to the current damage or led to the condition worsening.
Must My Employer Do Anything by Law?
- Make sure you’re properly trained
- Provide you with suitable work and personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Undertake risk assessments
- Manage business activities to minimise risks to your health and safety
- Provide safe working environments
Types of Work-Related Injuries
The Most Common One’s Are:
- Industrial Deafness
- Chemical Injury
- Slips, trips and falls
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- Vibration White Finger
How Long Do You Have to Make an Injury at Work Claim?
You have up to 3 years from the date of the accident.
Are There Any Exceptions to This Rule?
- Mental Capacity – head injuries can lead to loss of mental capabilities which can inhibit one’s capacity for decision making. If normal mental capacity returns, then the regular time limit will again apply
- Accidents While Working Abroad – the time limit may be shorter for such claims.
- Defective Work Equipment – the time scale to claim for an injury which occurred due to a manufacturing defect or faulty equipment may be different.
What If I Face Potential Repercussions from My Employer?
All employers have a duty of care and a claimant cannot be legally dismissed for making a claim.
All UK employers are required by law to take out employers’ liability insurance policies. The funds for compensation come from this.
Sheirs Solicitors have unparalleled experience in managing all types of Personal Injury claims.
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