Accidents & Injury at Work

While accidents at work can happen, employers should do all that they can to protect you from injury and illness. All employers have a responsibility to protect employees, contractors and visitors from accidents and injuries. This includes ensuring:

  • they provide employees with the safely-maintained machinery and tools necessary to do the job
  • the workplace is safe and tidy – employees should have suitable workstations and chairs, floors and corridors should be free from hazards, and doors and gates unobstructed
  • employees are provided with the safety wear required (eg goggles, hard hats, ear defenders, safety boots, high-vis jackets etc) to complete their jobs
  • all employees required to lift heavy objects should be trained to do so safely.

Injuries and illnesses at work can be caused by anything from a lack of training to faulty equipment or exposure to dangerous substances. If you have had an accident at work, or suffered an injury or illness as a result of your working conditions, you may be able to make a work accident compensation claim. You can also make a compensation claim if the accident or injury was caused by the negligence of another member of staff.

You can claim compensation for a work accident injury whether you were a full-time or part-time employee, a temporary worker, a self-employed contractor, or just visiting a business at the time of the accident. In most cases the claim is brought against the Employers’ Liability insurance company, and not the employer.