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Accidents at work caused by Inadequate Risk Assessment
Despite improved health and safety in the workplace, 4.1 million days were lost during 14/15 as a result of injuries at work. Further to this, 600,000 injuries were reported as occurring at work of which 76,000 were reported under RIDDOR.
These numbers are high and show that accidents at work are still very much a real issue. The fact is that no matter what job you do, whether you are working on a hazardous construction site or in an office, accidents can and do happen every day.
Injuries at work could impact upon your quality of life and depending on the severity, and your workplace policies, potentially threaten your earning potential if you are left unable to work for a period of time.
The focus of the law is on identifying and mitigating risks before they happen rather than responding to injuries once the risk has become a reality. One of the best ways to do this process is to conduct a risk assessment of the workplace and any areas in which workers/others will be present.
Health and Safety regulations state that employers are required to perform a risk assessment of all work areas prior to employees conducting any work in these areas.
The purpose of performing these checks is to identify any potential risks and hazards that could cause injury or harm to employees. Once these are identified, they can then be mitigated as best as possible. If it is impossible to completely mitigate the risk, then the employer has the responsibility to inform employees of the potential risks so the workers can take particular care when working.
Whilst the employer is responsible for the safety of workers and others, it is important to note that this does not absolve employees of all responsibility. Workers are also required to be careful and look after their own safety. This includes following processes correctly and taking a general common sense approach.
Can You Claim?
If you have been involved in a workplace accident and suffered injury or harm as a result, and you believe that this was as a result of inadequate or negligible risk assessments, then you may have a case for a claim.
Risk assessments not being completed or completed inadequately can lead to potential hazards not being identified and as a result not being managed. If this is the case, and then injury was sustained, a compensation claim may be possible.
Claims for injuries due to inadequate risk assessment are complex. To ensure that you have the best chance of compensation, speak to a trained and experienced lawyer who is used to dealing with these complex cases and getting results.
At Injury Lawyers UK, our qualified and experienced lawyers will do the hard work for you, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injury safe in the knowledge that we are working behind the scenes.
To find out more, give our lawyers a call on 0800 1123 156 for free, impartial advice or complete our quick claim form below.
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