If you suffered an accident while working and sustained injuries, would you be able to make a claim for compensation if you were not provided with the necessary health and safety training?
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a serious bodily injury caused by an extremely dangerous working environment – as even office workers can suffer from injuries when no adequate risk assessment of the workplace has been carried out and no specific health and safety training is provided.
Many people each year require medical treatment and time off work for a range of conditions related to the environment in which they work. The important question is – whether or not the employer in question has failed in their duty to take all possible precautions to prevent such incidents occurring and whether or not employees have the right to file work accident claims.
For example, in a typical office where you might be required to use display screens and occasionally move objects, your employer should provide training covering the avoidance of repetitive strain injury and training in line with manual handling regulations, as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive.
Assessing risks in the workplace
Every employer is required by law to carry out a risk assessment of the workplace, identify potential risks, and then implement relevant and adequate measures in order to mitigate those risks. Clearly the potential risks involved will vary quite a lot from a construction site to a retail store or office environment. Nonetheless, employers still have a duty to identify any potential risk to their employees and take all reasonable precautions to ensure that employees are protected and also made aware of said risks in the workplace.
Negligence which causes injuries
In the event that you do not receive adequate, or any, health and safety training in relation to your job, and an accident occurs – it does not necessarily mean that you have a right to make a claim for compensation for an accident in the workplace.
Any injuries sustained as a result of the accident must be caused by negligence of your employer in terms of their responsibilities under Health and Safety Executive regulations. Therefore, it must be able to be shown that a working procedure, or equipment, was faulty or inadequate for the task and that your employer could have prevented this by carrying out a risk assessment, implementing better precautionary and safety measures or specific and adequate training in relation to the task being carried out.
If you have any doubts about your eligibility to make a work accident claim for compensation for an accident suffered while working, you should seek expert legal advice from specialists in work accident compensation claims.