Accidents In The Workplace

Employers have certain obligations to their employees. Thus, you must be provided with necessary equipment and secure workplace. However, accidents may happen irrespective of all precautions. If you got a work related injury, whether it was a consequence of human error or employer negligence, you have the right to file an injury claim.

Most employees, especially owners of big companies have accident books where all accident and injuries are recorded. If you want to get compensation for your injuries, it is important to record your accident in this book. This record will work in your favor (if you make a claim), as well as will help the employer take necessary measures to prevent similar accidents in future.

Every employer should report about all serious accidents to the Incident Contact Centre of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). If you were involved in the accident, be sure to check that it was reported to HSE.

Here is the list of eventualities that should be reported to the Health and safety Executive:

  • Dangerous accident
  • Fatal outcome (deaht)
  • Broken bones
  • Diseases
  • Injuries that prevent an employee from performing his/her usual duties for more than 3 days.

If you are not able to perform your duties because of illness or injuries got as a result of accident, you may receive statutory sick pay from the employer. These payouts depend on a particular company or organization.

If you think that you suffered because of your employer’s negligence, you may file an accident compensation claim. You have three years to start a claim and you will need a lawyer to present you. To cover all claims an employer should have adequate insurance policy.