No lifting/manual handling training
The employer has a responsibility to ensure all employees are fully trained to do the job required and that lifting/manual handling training is given to any employees whose job involves such tasks. Lifting in an incorrect way can cause serious back injuries. If training has not been given and it resulted in an accident at work, you can claim compensation.
Poor Health and Safety
Full Health and Safety training is required to be given by the employer and the employee is to sign documents to confirm this has been conducted. If you have had an injury at work as a result of not being given Health and Safety training, you could claim for work injury compensation.
Faulty or unguarded machinery
Faulty or unguarded machinery should never be used. If your employer was aware of a problem with equipment and still expected you to use it which resulted in an injury, then there are grounds for a work injury compensation claim.
Slips, trips or falls due to obstructions or spillages
Slips, trips falls often happen in the work place due to the employer or a fellow employee leaving stock or dangerous obstructions in areas instead of tidying up after themselves. Everyone in the work place is required to observe the Health and Safety policy, if this has not been followed you could claim for accident at work compensation. Spillages on the floor, which are left without a warning sign in place are the cause of many accident at work claims.
Dangerous hazards such as trailing cables, stock lying around or insufficient lighting are the main causes of hazards resulting in an accident at work and a injury claim for compensation.
Faulty or damaged equipment such as ladders
Ladders can be extremely dangerous and require two people, one at the bottom holding and securing it, whilst the other person is using the ladder. Often due to staff shortages, there is no one available to hold the ladder, the employee is told to do the job and an accident at work will happen with someone being injured as the ladder slips. The ladder should be in a good state of repair and fit for use and on occasions are not. These are two common reasons for an accident at work compensation claim involving ladders.
Staff shortages, requires employees to work alone or at excessive speed
Staff shortages, can often mean working too fast to complete a task. If there should be more people to do a job, than there are and an accident at work happens as a result, there are grounds for an accident at work claim.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), is usually due to a production line worker doing the same hand, wrist or arm movements over a long period of time. The employer is required to ensure they rotate staff that work on a production line on a regular basis, moving them to a different type of job, to ensure they are not carrying out the same tasks for long periods of time. Medical advice needs to be taken to advise if the injury is due to RSI, if so a claim for work injury compensation can be made.
An accident at work book, should be held on-site to record all accidents and injuries that occur. Ensure this is filled in with the date, time, cause of your work accident, injuries you have sustained and names of witnesses if applicable.
You are entitled to claim work injury compensation from your employer within three years of the accident date.
Your employer is required to have insurance, to cover employees in the event of a work injury, to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. It is important to understand that your compensation claim will be paid by the insurance company and not your employer.
A medical assessment may be required to help determine the exact level of compensation you will receive based on all of your injuries and length of suffering. To see examples of injury compensation awards, please click on the link for our Work Injury Compensation Estimator.
Every year, thousands of people have accident at work claims and successfully claim work injury compensation on a No Win No Fee basis with our help.
Whatever the cause of your accident and injury, please contact our friendly staff today. We will discuss your accident at work or work injury compensation with you, assess your claim and advise you accordingly. You can call us, use our quick contact form to the left or alternatively use our claims form by clicking here: Accident at Work.
You may consider yourself to be reasonably well protected at work, but you don't have to work on roads, railways or building sites to be potentially at risk. Accidents can happen anywhere where people are employed.
There are many causes of such accidents, from unguarded machinery to poor health and safety practices to slips and trips due to spillages.
The statistics speak for themselves. In 2007/8, six million days were lost following injuries at work. As if that wasn't bad enough, 299,000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey. Thousands of people a year put in an accident at work claim.
The law is clear. Everyone has the right to a safe working environment, and anyone who has been hurt at their place of employment can pursue accident at work compensation by making an accident at work claim.
Although it's a legal entitlement, understandably many people feel daunted at the prospect of pursuing an accident at work claim. Some think they may have to face their employer in court, or fear that a claim for accident at work compensation could lead to their dismissal.
But you don't have to appear in court to ask for accident at work compensation, and it would be illegal for your employer to sack you for making an accident at work claim. That's not to suggest that pursuing accident at work compensation isn't a stressful business - it certainly can be.
At the Accident Advice Bureau, we can take much of the hassle out of any accident at work claim, while working to maximise the accident at work compensation you receive.
We'll have a solicitor working to get you as much accident at work compensation as possible. As well as accident at work compensation, you can also claim money for loss of earnings, damage to clothing, travel expenses and home help if required. In any accident at work claim, such expenses come on top of any accident at work compensation which may be awarded.
Pursuing a claim for accident at work compensation through us is about complete peace of mind, and confidence that we provide an outstanding service to anyone making an accident at work claim.
Look on our web site to find out more about the different types of accidents at work which can happen, and what you should do if the worst happens to you.
We can assess your own claim, and give very individual advice, tailored to your situation. You can call us for a friendly, no-obligation chat, or get in touch using the form on our user-friendly site.