Can I Claim Compensation Following An Accident At Work?

If you are injured following an accident at work, what action should you take and can you claim compensation as a result of the accident? This article examines your employer’s obligations to protect you whilst at work, and explores your options for making an accident at work claim.

An employer has always had an obligation to ensure that their employees are safe whilst they are in the workplace. However, over the years these obligations have been made even more onerous through previously decided cases, and also the Government passing more legislation to protect the workforce.

There are various different Health and Safety directives and different Acts of Parliament designed to protect employees. These range from The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) to Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 PUWER with many other statutes in between.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

Put simply, these regulations provide that your employer must provide you with equipment which does not cause you harm. Examples of it’s use could include being supplied with safety goggles or other equipment which fails to protect you, to being provided with an office chair or desk which collapses, causing you injury.

If you are supplied with any equipment which you use as part of your employment, it will fall within these regulations. If that equipment subsequently causes you harm, this legislation may allow you to make a claim for compensation.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)

RIDDOR states that employers, self-employed people, and people in control of premises, have a duty to report accidents that lead to:

  • Work related deaths
  • major injuries
  • over-three-day injuries
  • work related diseases
  • dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents)

These incidents must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive. If your employer does not report them, you should do so.

Summary For Accidents At Work

Whatever the nature of your accident at work, legislation is in place to protect you from injury. If you have suffered any injury following a fall at work, Work Accident Solicitors can advise you of your rights and your options.

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