As provided by law, the workers must be protected by a safe. hazard-free and good working environment which must be provided by those hiring them. However, accidents in the workplaces remain a pressing issue despite a number of policies issued and enacted.
For example, you can suffer an injury to your back by not sitting correctly on your office chair, you can trip over boxes that have not been properly stored out of the way, or you can easily slip on a wet floor after a co-worker has spilled coffee and no one has bothered to dry the mess up. If you are a construction worker, you are at risk to suffer injuries from falls or faulty equipment and many other things. So, really, it does not matter what work you do or where you do your job, you can still suffer from a work-related injury.
Thus, if you believe that your employer has failed to make the workplace safe and secure enough or to equip you with the necessary skills in order to properly handle heavy equipment; you must inform your employer immediately so he can take the necessary precautions to avoid accidents.
Needless to say, if an accident does occur, your employer must report the accident to either the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI). Specifically, your employer must report any of the following: death, major injuries sustained such broken arm or ribs, collapse of scaffolding or any dangerous incidents, disease, or any other injury that will keep the injured employee from working for more than three days.
If the company you are working for has more than ten employees, the law requires for that company to have an accident book to detail all incidents that happen at work. In case the company has no accident book, your employer must put into writing all the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the injuries that have been sustained.
To prevent future accidents caused by incorrect safety procedures, the management or the employer of any company must provide its employees with the proper gear, like goggles, hard hats, ear protectors, masks, safety gloves, boots, or high visibility jackets as the case may be. Employees must also be fully trained to know the proper and safe procedures, especially when they have to carry heavy objects or maneuver heavy equipment.
Of course, it is also very important to have any injuries sustained checked by a health professional as well as to have the incident logged officially in the record book.
Nicholas Tate owns and maintains several websites on personal injury claims. These websites provide information on all types of accident claims, including work accident compensation claims, road traffic accident claims, slips and trips and many other accident types.