Accident at work?

People are involved in accidents at work every day, from office workers to factory workers. It is important that any accident, no matter how minor, is recorded in your employer’s accident book as the smallest of injuries can in some cases result in more serious consequences.

Your employer is under a duty to ensure that you are in a safe working environment, which can range from keeping the workplace clean and tidy to employing capable members of staff to be your colleagues.

If you are injured as a result of a breach in this duty then you may be entitled to claim compensation and should seek legal advice.

If you are involved in an accident at work then besides ensuring that the matter is recorded in the accident book, you should speak to your first aider, report the matter to your supervisor, record details of any witnesses and seek medical attention.

If you are concerned about making a claim against your employer you should be aware that you actually have 3 years from the date of the accident in which to issue court proceedings. Quite often serious injuries result in long absence from work, possibly meaning that your employment will come to an end, and it is important to remember that you may still be able to pursue a claim once your employment has finished, providing it is within the 3 year period.

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Burd Ward