Dangerous practices & procedures at work

Every employee, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual, contractors or agency staff has the right to work in a safe environment and although your employer is mainly responsible for maintaining a safe environment. However it is also the responsibility of employees to act responsibly.

It is a well-known fact that union workplaces are safer and given that every employee has a right to join a trade union, the possibility of safe workplaces across the board are very much achievable if all employees are involved with the health and safety of their colleagues.

Unfortunately not all workplaces are safe and millions of workers are put at risk every day, with some suffering serious and devastating injuries as a result of unsafe practices at work. Should an accident happen our expert solicitors are here to help you claim compensation for your injuries.

For free initial expert advice without obligation, contact our specialist accident at work solicitors on 0203 816 0065.

Risk assessment

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 5 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 accident

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 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 committing dangerous practices or following dangerous procedures at work contact us today. 

Initial advice is free and 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 0203 816 0065.

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