To prevent or reduce the likelihood of an accident at work, Employers have legal duties to ensure a safe working environment for all employees and visitors to their premises.
Employers’ duties include:
- having adequate training programmes to ensure workers know how to operate equipment safely;
- to design systems of work practices that are safe and do not expose people to unnecessary or foreseeable risk of an accident at work;
- to provide safety equipment and clothing appropriate to the operation involved;
- complying with Health and Safety Regulations and Fire Safety requirements ;
- maintaining the premises and all equipment properly
What is “the Workplace”
Generally it is the location at which your Employer requires you to do the work given to you. Obviously it includes factories, offices, and building sites but can also include farms , training centres, and vehicles if the work is carried out in a mobile facility. Our experienced Accident at Work solicitors can advise you on your rights.
What Do I Do If I Have An Accident At Work
Having made sure to get the immediate and necessary medical help needed , then consider the following :
- Report the incident to your Manager or Employer
- Check that it has been recorded in the Accident at Work Record Book – each workplace should have one. Only sign the book if you are happy that the description is completely accurate
- Do not feel pressured to make any statement about the accident at work without advice.
- If possible , try to get photos of the location and any equipment in use at the time of the accident at work
- Take a note on your phone or a slip of paper of the date , time and place with a short description of your immediate memory of how the accident happened
- Get names , addresses and phone numbers of as many witnesses as you can
- Keep records of anything to do with your injury – receipts for expenses; details of travel to appointments ; diary notes about how the injury affects you on a daily basis , the things you can’t do etc ; names and addresses of all Doctors treating you; details of any payments received from your Employer or Social Welfare office
- Contact our Accident at Work Solicitors at Neil J. Butler & Co. to help you gather and analyse this information so the best claim can be made for you at the earliest time.
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What Can I Claim For If I Have An Accident At Work
Personal Injuries Compensation is divided into two categories – General Damages and Special Damages.
- General Damages refers to the compensation for pain and suffering arising from any injury suffered, including future pain if you are likely to have symptoms for a longer period.
- Special Damages means compensation for out –of- pocket costs you have incurred or are likely to incur in the future ; travel costs to medical appointments; loss of wages; future loss of income or increments where provable; medical costs ; special equipment costs; additional care costs following surgery and many more such items , depending on the type of circumstance involved.
* in contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.
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