Irrespective of what type of job you do, your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work. It is their duty to assess the potential risks to your health and to take steps to reduce those risks as far as possible.
An estimated 621,000 workers had an accident at work in 2015/16 and over half of fatal injuries to workers involved three types of accident: falls from height, contact with moving machinery and being struck by a vehicle. Falls, trips and slips made up more than half of all reported major injuries (HSE figures)
If you suffer an accident at work you should:
- Report the accident to your employers as soon as possible. Enter the details in an accident book. Include the date, place and time of the accident, together with details of what happened. Be as factual and as clear as you can;
- Seek medical attention so that any injuries and treatment are recorded;
- If you know of any witnesses, get their name and contact details
- Remember that any claim must be brought within 3 years of the date of the accident and seeking legal advice at any early stage, if you intend to bring a claim, is highly recommended.
Contact us for professional advice if you have had an accident at work. Employers are required by law to have Employer’s Liability Insurance and so the claim will be dealt with by their insurers. We will deal directly with your employer and their insurer and make the process as straightforward for you.