Work Accident Claims

What to do if you suffer an accident 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.

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What employers need to ensure to protect you:

  • 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.

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