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Accidents at Work

If you have suffered an injury at work which was not your fault you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Legislation contained in The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to make sure their employees are safe and provide a series of general duties to set up a safe system of work.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
These regulations came into force on the 29 December 1999 and implement European Health and Safety Directives regarding employers obligations in respect of health and safety for workers.

  • There are various regulations contained within the legislation all aimed at making sure the workplace is safe.

    Regulation 3 requires all employers to make suitable and sufficient risk assessments of the risks to the health and safety of their employees. Once the risk assessment has been carried out and if any risks are identified the employer must try to diminish the risks identified.

    Regulation 13 requires the employer to make sure all employees have adequate health and safety training and are capable enough at their jobs to avoid risk. Training is required upon induction, when job responsibilities change or a new system of work takes place.

    Regulation 14 requires employees to use machinery, equipment, dangerous substances or other equipment in accordance with the training and instruction which have been provided. The employee is also under a duty to inform the employer of anything which the employee considers may represent a danger to health and safety.

Failure to Provide Protective Equipment
Your employer is under a duty to make sure suitable personal protective equipment is provided to all employees at risk to their health and safety while at work.

  • This can include such things as eye protectors, respirators, gloves, safety footwear, safety hats, high visibility jackets and respirators.

    Failure to provide an employee with suitable personal protective equipment could mean the employer is in breach of The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1998.

    If you have been injured as a result of your employer not providing personal protective equipment we would recommend you contact us on 01782 510248 today to obtain legal advice. Alternatively you can use our Ask a Question facility.

Defective Work Equipment
If you have been injured at work due to defective or faulty work equipment your employer may be in breach of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

  • An employer must ensure the suitability of work equipment and make sure the equipment in maintained in a efficient state. All employees using the equipment must have adequate training.

    Work equipment can be subject to strict interpretation and so if you have been injured we would recommend you contact us for professional advice to establish if you have a claim. You can call us on 01782 510248 or use the Ask a Question facility.

Manual Handling Injuries
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require where possible, that manual handling is eliminated.

  • Where it cannot be eliminated there must be a risk assessment carried out where there is a risk of injury due to the manual handling operation.

    Contrary to popular belief, the Regulations do not stipulate set legal limits for weights that can be lifted or explicitly require training in manual handling techniques. However, if it can be demonstrated that with proper training the accident could have been avoided this can strengthen a persons case who has sustained injury.

    Many employees sustain injuries due to manual handling accidents and it is estimated over one quarter of accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive involve manual handling.

    If you have sustained a injury due to manual handling and require legal expert advice you should contact NJL solicitors who will be able to provide guidance and assistance on how you should proceed. Please telephone 01782 510248 or alternatively use our free Ask a Question facility.

Injuries on Construction Sites
If you have been injured on a construction or building site you may be able to claim compensation.

  • Any place where the principle work activity being carried out is construction work is covered by the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996. The regulations impose duties on employers, employees and the self employed.

    It is necessary to make sure there are preventative measures to prevent any person falling while at work. This would include suitable and sufficient guard rails and toe boards or other similar means of protection. Suitable steps must be taken to prevent accidents where workers may fall from roofs.

    If the work involves demolition steps must be taken to ensure it is planned and carried to prevent or minimise danger to any person.

    Every part of a construction site must be kept in good order and in a reasonable state of cleanliness and all plant and equipment used for construction work must be safe and of good construction.

    Numerous accidents can occur on construction sites and if you have been injured as a result of working on a construction or building site you may be able to claim compensation.

    We would recommend you contact NJL solicitors where we can provide you with professional legal advice to advise if you can make a claim. Alternatively please use our free Ask a Question facility and we will respond to you within 24 hours.

Injured Falling from Ladders or Scaffolding
If you are working at a height and have sustained injuries due to a fall your employer may be in breach of the Working at Height Regulations 2005.

  • Working at height means work in any place including a place at or below ground level. It is every employer’s duty to ensure if work is carried out at height it is properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a manner which is so far as reasonably practicable safe.

    If you have been injured as a result of falling from a height while at work, we would recommend you contact NJL solicitors who can offer you assistance and guidance if you are able to pursue a claim for compensation. Please telephone NJL solicitors on 01782 510248 or alternatively take advantage of our free Ask a Question facility.

Your employer is under a duty to:

  • Protect your health, safety and welfare at work.
  • Make sure that plant and machinery are safe and regularly maintained, and that the systems used in the workplace are safe
  • Provide protective clothing where necessary
  • Provide adequate first aid equipment and facilities
  • Take precautions against fire and provide adequate means of escape and means of fighting fire
  • Assess the risks that might be involved in work practices.

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