Accidents at Work

A ‘duty of care’ is a legal obligation. All employers have a duty of care towards their employees and are therefore required by law to ensure they provide a safe working environment. Should they fail to provide such a work place, they could be held responsible for any accidents or injuries sustained by their employees whilst at work.

You could make a claim if you have been injured at work as a direct result of your employers neglecting to follow Health and Safety laws. By law, employers must carry out regular machinery tests, provide adequate safety equipment or inform their employees of potential dangers in the workplace and how to avoid them.

Whatever the set of hazards a working environment may contain, an employer must be seen to make every effort to protect their staff from danger. If their negligence results in you being injured, you may be entitled to compensation. It’s also worth knowing that it is perfectly within your rights to make such a claim – if you are fired as a result, this is regarded as ‘unfair dismissal’ and is illegal.

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