An employer is under a duty to take reasonable care of its employees’ health and safety, and has a duty to ensure the safety of its employees. This requires the employer to assess the potential risk of injury as against the harm it would cause to employees and the cost of putting safety precautions in place. To satisfy their duty an employer must generally provide:
- safe premises and a safe place to work
- safe plant, materials and equipment
- a safe system of work and safe working practices
- competent staff as colleagues
The duties of an employer are not confined to this list and they may be extended to cover other matters, which do not easily fit into one of the above categories. For example, the duty may extend to warning an employee of the risks of employment.
This duty is a personal, non-delegable duty, which means an employer cannot entrust the safety of its employees to anyone else such as an independent contractor.
Types of work accident claims we have successfully dealt with include:
- MOD claims
- Asbestos exposure
- Care home service user attack
- Collapsing crane
- Electric shock
- Nursing accidents
- Falling from height
- Defective scaffolding
- Faulty machinery
- Slipping and tripping
- Forklift truck related injuries
- Accidents on construction sites
- Crush injuries
- Lifting and manual handling
- Prisoners attacking guards
- Work related skin complaints
- Fatal injuries
- Industrial disease and respiratory symptoms
- Incompetent work colleagues causing injury by working negligently or recklessly
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If you have suffered an injury in an accident at work and wish to make claim then please contact our specialist lawyers for free advice on 01392 285000.