Health and Safety
Health and safety procedures can prevent accidents and injuries altogether
If you’ve been injured as a result of someone’s negligence, that means your accident could have been avoided.
You’re not alone. A large percentage of accidents at work and in public places would be avoided, if the right risk assessments and health and safety checks were in place.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you believe health and safety regulations have been breached, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Health and safety at work
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the most important piece of legislation relating to occupational health and safety in the UK. It clearly sets out the requirements that employers must follow to ensure the welfare of their employees.
Of course, it may not be possible to avoid every accident, but the Health and Safety Act states that employers must ensure employee welfare “as far as is reasonably practicable”.
Since the introduction of the Health and Safety Act in 1974, employers have been legally required to run regular health and safety checks and risk assessments to make sure the workplace is as safe as possible.
In addition to these checks, appropriate training is an important part of making sure people aren’t injured in accidents that could have been avoided.
Health and safety claims and industrial jobs
If your job involves using dangerous machinery, your employer should take extra care when it comes to health and safety precautions. For example, if you work in a factory where forklift trucks operate, your employer should ensure your working environment is safe for pedestrians and for drivers operating the forklift trucks.
Your employer should make sure you are fully trained on any machinery you use. They must also provide you with any protective clothing or equipment you need to be safe. This may include earplugs to prevent noise induced hearing loss, gloves, goggles, a hard hat or safety boots.
Health and safety in public places
According to the Health and Safety Executive, the most common types of accident are slips, trips and falls, many of which happen in public places.
The causes of slips, trips and falls vary from slippery floors, which have not had a warning cone put in place, to sudden changes in floor level or poor lighting conditions, which make it harder to see potential obstacles.
The owner of any public premises you visit has a duty to keep their environment as safe as possible for you.
This could mean signposting hazards such as wet floors or low hanging obstacles. If they’ve failed to do this and you’ve been injured as a result then you may have a compensation claim, as they have failed to uphold their health and safety duty.
This also applies to your local council where they have failed to maintain a pavement or road to a safe condition and you’ve been injured as a result.
You can read more about injuries in a public space here.
You can also visit the Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls page for more information on avoiding these accidents.
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