Health and safety at work solicitor
If you have been injured in a work-related accident due to a health and safety breach or a dangerous procedure, then our health and safety at work solicitor can help you claim the compensation you deserve. Whilst taking legal action against your employer may seem daunting, it can make your workplace safer. The type of legal action can help to shine the spotlight on bad and dangerous practices as well and highlight any illegal practices that go against workplace health and safety and welfare regulations.
When you contact us, you will speak to one of our health and safety solicitors and they will listen to your story. From this, they will be able to understand if you have a case and if you do, they will start the process. Our work accident solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you. contact us today on 01616 966 229. You only have three years from the date of the accident to claim, so don't delay!
All employers have a duty of care to their employees, but employees also have a responsibility not to put themselves in danger. Health and safety in the workplace is paramount and keeps everyone on or near the premises safe. Before you step foot in the workplace, your employer should have already carried out a risk assessment of the area in which you will be working as well as a risk assessment for the type of work you are going to do.
In places where there are five or more employees, an employer is required to make an official record of the assessment, documenting the risks to an employee’s health and safety as well as the procedures or safety parameters they will put into place to remedy the problem.
However, not all employers will follow these safety procedures and will allow dangerous practices to happen on their premises, resulting in injury to employees.
Types of accidents at work
There are a number of different dangerous practices and procedures that can lead to accidents happening in the workplace, the following are examples that our expert work accident solicitors have had to deal with:
- Pedestrian and forklift traffic areas have not been separated resulting in injury
- Failure to have ladders and stepladders footed or stabilised
- Using ladders instead of scaffolding
- Workers using inappropriate or poorly maintained tools for the job at hand
- Workers operating machinery for which they have had no training
- Workers carrying heavy objects without the appropriate training
- Employers failing to illuminate working areas correctly, including walkways
- Employers failing to fix potholes or unsafe floors
- Employers not providing their workers with the appropriate safety gear to do their job
- Workers being exposed to dangerous chemicals
- Workers using tables and chairs when stepladders would be more appropriate
- Employers not providing their workers with suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Workplaces without cleaning procedures resulting in slipping and tripping hazards for employees
This is just a small example of the types of accident at work compensation claims our expert solicitors deal with. If you have been injured and you believe it is due to your employer enforcing dangerous practices or following dangerous procedures at work, contact us today. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis which means there is no financial risk to you. For expert, no-obligation advice, contact our specialist accident at work solicitors on 01616 966 229.
What is health and safety in the workplace?
In law, health and safety in the workplace falls under the Health and Safety in the Workplace Act and the Health and Safety Executive and the local authorities are responsible for enforcing the legislation laid out in the act. Essentially, this act places a duty on everyone to comply. This includes employers, employees, trainees, self-employed, manufactures, suppliers, designers and importers of work equipment.
The act places the main duty on the employer and states they must 'ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees'. Under the Health and Safety in the Workplace Act, an employer is also forbidden to charge their employees for safety equipment such as personal protective equipment.
However, it is important to remember that anyone working on the premises also has a duty to follow health and safety regulations and procedures. If you have been injured at work because you did not follow the right procedures that you have had training for and are aware of, it is unlikely that you will be able to claim compensation.
If you have been injured at work and it was due to someone else’s negligence, then it is possible to claim compensation. Contact one of our expert solicitors today on 01616 966 229.