It is estimated that over one million people each year suffer an injury in the workplace, the vast majority of which are avoidable.
Every employer in the UK has a responsibility to protects its employees and ensure they are kept up to date on the issues that may affect them. If your employer has failed in either of these fundamental duties and you have suffered an injury as a result, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Report it immediately. It is essential that any accident suffered at work is logged and that your superiors are notified immediately. Your employer must also report any serious work-related accidents to the Incident Contact Centre of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These include:
Your employer is responsible for the well-being of all members of staff. They are required by law to carry out a risk assessment and to perform any amendments deemed necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of its employees and any visitors. If you think your employer has failed to meet this requirement, and you have suffered an injury as a direct result, then you might have grounds for a compensation claim.
Your employer is also required by law to be covered for any claim, and must display the certificate in a visible place within the work area.
An accident at work is defined as "an external, sudden, unexpected and unintended event during the execution of work which causes damage to the health of or loss of the life of the employee".
If you have been injured at work and think you have a claim, you must ensure that:
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