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Did you know that accidents in the workplace are a common occurrence?

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When should an accident or disease be reported to the Health and Safety Executive?

It has been estimated that around 2.3 million men and women around the world succumb to work-related accidents or diseases every year. There are many reasons you can suffer an injury at work and here are just a few that you could claim for.

Lifting injury

Have you suffered with a pulled muscle or back injury due to lifting at work? Did this occur because you were taking on more than you should due to the company being short staffed, or maybe you weren’t supplied with the correct equipment to help? If you feel that your work could have done more to help prevent the injury than you may have a claim.

Accidents involving machinery

For a number of reasons, working with a machine can go wrong. Have you ever been injured due to a faulty machine at work? This can range from any kind of injury from a laceration or a burn, to breaking a bone or even losing digits or limbs. Your employer has a responsibility to maintain all equipment that you work with. If you think that they haven’t taken all reasonable measures to protect you then you could have a claim against them.

Trip/slips

These are the most common accidents within the workplace, from slipping on water to tripping due to something being in your path. When you have a slip or trip at work this is often due to the area not being kept clean, safe and tidy, whether that be in an office, warehouse or even outside the premises. Again, it is your employer’s responsibility to keep all areas tidy and well maintained in order to prevent accidents like this from occurring.

Industrial disease

If you have in the past worked with dangerous chemicals or asbestos which have resulted in issues with your respiratory system, or you have worked with vibrating machinery and have then gone on to develop issues with your hands or wrists, this is something that Stephenson’s may be able to help with. As long as your previous employer had insurance at the time of you working for them then we may be able to investigate your claim.  

The above are only a handful of things that can go wrong in the workplace but one thing that you must remember to do after an accident is to report your injury to your employer and make sure an accident report form has been completed. This can be a very important record of the accident or incident if you do go on to make a claim further down the line. 

Stephensons have experienced in dealing with a variety of work-related accident and illness claims so if you feel that you have suffered an injury at work then please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0161 696 6235 and one of our new business advisors can discuss the matter with you further.  

By Rachel Gildart, new business advisor

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