Accidents at work or working out of the office
Accidents At Work
There are many types of accidents at work.
The key test as to whether you have a claim though is fairly straightforward. Would a normal person have perceived the risk and prevented your accident at work without any excessive cost to the company? In other words, your company should do regular risk assessments on all aspects and all areas of your work. It does not matter if your place of work is a fixed place, or a building or even on the road. In doing so if there are/were risks involved in what you do or what you could do then changes should have been made to avoid and such risks.
Simple examples are:
a). Employees who are working in a warehouse and during the summer months starts wearing sandals. This is noticed by the management but they do nothing. A few days later an employee injures their toes when a box drops on them. This accident at work could have been avoided (even though they chose to wear sandals in a warehouse). The injury could have been avoided if the company policy and health and safety had been followed and enforced by the management.
b.) The carpet in the office is a little old and worn with patches showing. Despite regular 3 months/ 6 months risk assessments it was not noticed or if noticed was not picked up. An employee gets up to walk across the office to the kitchen to make a coffee and catches their foot in the patch and takes a fall and is injured. This accident at work could have been avoided and so will have a claim.
c.) An employee drives various vans depending on which one is allocated to him on a daily basis by his company. On this particular day, the client was exiting the van on a drop off when his foot slipped on a worn step on the van. The employee should have a claim as this accident at work could have been avoided if the van was maintained correctly.
d.) An employee works on the production line at a factory. The conveyor has certain guards in place to prevent clothes and limbs being dragged into the machine. However, the company has removed a few guards to speed up production as a big order has come in. The employee was reaching over to clear a blockage when they got dragged into the machine and is injured. The employee has a claim as the guards are there to prevent this accident at work type claim.
As you can see there are many ways a company can be liable for their employee's injuries. Generally, the duty of care is highest with the employer. Please visit our FAQ's page for further information on all aspects of making an accident at work claim.
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