*Accidents at work

Have you had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault?

Each employer owes a duty of care to all employees. Employees may be entitled to compensation if they can establish that an employer failed to exercise this care.

Accidents in the Workplace
Busy workplaces can be a danger zone for accidents. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to claim for compensation if it can be shown that your injury was caused by your employers negligence, breach of statutory duty or breach of contract.

If a work colleague’s actions contributed to a workplace accident which caused you injury, a claim is also possible against your employer.

It is important to note that you have an obligation to make your employer aware of any accidents that occur at work. This information should be properly recorded in the Accident Book.

Machinery at work
Many factors can contribute to accidents involving machinery in the work place. Poorly maintained equipment, or insufficient training for staff are just two examples of circumstances that might entitle you to make a successful claim.

Lifting at work
If you suffer a physical injury as a result of lifting at work, it may be that this was caused by your employer’s failure to provide adequate training or proper manual handling equipment.

Your employer is obliged to provide a safe system of work for employees and if you believe they have failed to do that, you may be entitled to make a claim.

Dangerous Conditions in the Workplace
An employer is responsible for providing a safe, hazard free workplace environment for all employees.

If you have slipped or fallen in work, it could be as a result of an employer’s failure to comply with current safety standards in respect of hazards in the work place.

There are also legal regulations in place for workplace standards in ventilation, indoor temperature, lighting, workstations and seating, room dimensions and working space, the prevention of falling objects, disposal of waste materials etc. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in injury to employees and the right to pursue a claim.

Accidents caused by co-employees
An employer must make efforts to choose appropriately skilled co-employees. The training, orders, record and personality of co-employees may all taken into account where an accident at work has occurred.

Absence of protective equipment
If a particular job requires the employer to provide adequate protective equipment such as goggles, gloves or special clothing and the employer does not this could result in injury and subsequently a claim.

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