What classes as an accident at work?

Whenever you are at work your employer is responsible for ensuring your health and safety at work, they have the duty to protect you and tell you about any health and safety issues that might end up affecting you. They are also responsible for making sure that they repost any accidents and incidents that might have taken place in or around the building. If you have taken any sick days, you are also entitled to receive sick pay and time off to recover. There are several types of accidents and if might be a bit confusing to decide which accident is important enough to make a claim on, either in the form of sick pay or paid days off.

Types of work place injuries

There are a variety of things that you’ll be able to claim for so if you think you might be eligible to make a claim but not sure what to claim for the browse through our list to find out what is most applicable to you;

  • Assault at work – having a dispute at work is a common occurrence, but when this dispute turns into physical or verbal assault it shows a lack of ability or power to resolve disputes amicable on the part of your employer. Fights in general can unsurprisingly lead to nasty injuries which in turn would lead to time off that the employer is going t have to compensate for.
  • Falling objects – It is not often that employers are careless enough to leave objects on a higher level making it easier to fall and injure someone. But there are some rare occasions when they logistics don’t work out and someone might be hurt by falling objects. It is important for employers to provide adequate storage and even reminding employees on the importance of storing items properly.
  • Slips, trips and falls – No matter where you work there is always to possibility of slipping, tripping or just flat out falling. Falling from anywhere can be dangerous but you should be especially careful if you are working on scaffolding or other great heights.
  • Dangerous procedures in the workplace
  • Toxic environment – if you are working in or around toxic fumes then there is always to possibility of inhaling the fumes and causing major damage to yourself. While most of us don’t work with or around toxic chemical there are a few that do so to avoid to risk of serious injuries it is suggested that you follow all the rules involved with handling toxic materials.
  • Improper training
  • Faulty machinery
  • Not adherence to health and safety regulations

Note to employers

There are certain circumstances where employers wouldn’t be required to report claims made to employees to HM revenue and customs or pay tax and national insurance on. These situations include when the employer has paid the employee in return for signing an agreement not to make a legal claim. Other circumstances include if the employee isn’t entitled to a benefit or if you have discussed and negotiated a different form of compensation. If you are not sure whether you are entitled to compensation, then speak to one of our experienced professionals about making a no win no fee claim.

 

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