Nobody thinks it’ll ever happen to them. Getting injured at work is one of the most unfortunate things that can happen to a person. Not only is there a lot of pain and suffering to contend with, there is a difficult legal terrain to maneuver over the coming hours, days, and weeks. It is important to prepare for this in advance. Hopefully you will never get injured on the job. But if you do, it pays to be prepared by knowing your rights. You can see a complete list of rights related to injury at work – check out this solicitor. Here are a few important examples.
- An employer has specific responsibilities for the safety and security of their employees. If an employee is injured on the job, damages will be due if the employer is found to have been negligent in this responsibility, or if they employer did not otherwise train the employee in question and accurately assess risk. This may include issues such as un-swept floors, maintenance that was not carried out, or other employees who contributed to the accident because of lack of training.
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992) is an important piece of legislation to review if you are in a field that requires you to lift. Believe it or not, there are important regulations that inform employers of the proper way for their employees to lift heavy things. There are practices like the two man lift which should be standard for all employee training and general practice. When an accident occurs, and this sort of training is not found to have been present, then the employer will likely be found liable for resulting damages.
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (1992) is another important piece of legislation to know about before you get hurt. It relates to the neatness and orderliness of a workplace as required by law. It pertains to heating and cooling, workplaces being free of objects that could be tripped over, and general cleanliness. If you were injured because of a mess or general disorder in your workplace, chances are your injury will trigger the implementation of restitution based on this legislation.
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999). There are other legislative acts to review, but few are as important as this one. This one has to do with risk assessment and training. That might not sound like much, but these regulations actually go into incredible detail of just how employees must be trained and accidents must be averted. If you got hurt on the job because of something that was not your fault, it is likely that the problem is enumerated in this long piece of legislation. It would be worth you reading about, and definitely asking about if you get hurt on the job.
There are many other laws in place to protect workers. If you get hurt, review the first link and the list it leads to.