Accidents at Work

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An employer is legally obliged to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. They have to make sure the workplace is safe and without risk to health. As part of these duties, employers must, amongst other things:-

  • Make sure that plant and machinery are safe and regularly maintained, and that the systems used in the workplace are safe
  • Provide protective clothing where necessary
  • Reduce manual handling to its lowest level reasonably practicable
  • Report certain diseases and injuries to the relevant authority
  • Provide adequate and safety equipment and facilities
  • Take precautions against fire and provide adequate means of escape and means of fighting fire
  • Assess the risks that might be involved in work practices.
  • Provide safe traffic routes.

Every day employers fail in their duty to protect their employees, often resulting in personal injury and even death. At ASD our expert Solicitors fight to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that there were 1.2 million people suffering from work related injury or illness in 2010. 171 workers were killed and 115000 people were seriously injured. 26.4 million working days were lost to work related injury/illness. The majority of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented if the employer had taken more care. All employees are entitled to work in an environment where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety legislation, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers. Unfortunately employers often fail to meet their legal requirements.

The HSE report that the majority of fatal accidents were as a result of either a fall from height or working from platforms which subsequently collapsed. The Work at Height Regulations apply to all work carried out at height. They place a duty upon an employer to make sure that if working at height is necessary it is properly organised, that an employee is correctly trained and that the risks are assessed and controlled. At ASD we deal with clients everyday who have suffered injury as a result of a fall at work.

If you’ve experienced a fall from a height at your work place we understand the devastating impact your condition can have on your life, in many different ways. By law, an employer has to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, by ensuring the workplace is safe and without risk to health.

According to Health and Safety Executive statistics the majority of accidents which result in an absence of 3 days from work or more are caused by manual handling. The employer has a duty to keep manual handling to a minimum. Injuries often include damage to the neck and back. ASD instruct local expert spinal surgeons to examine and prepare reports on clients who sustain spinal injuries. These injuries are often caused by lifting heavy or awkward objects at work.

If you’ve sustained an injury through manual handling or a spinal injury at your work place, we understand the devastating impact your condition can have on your life, in many different ways. By law, an employer has to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, by ensuring the workplace is safe and without risk to health.

It is likely that the main contractor will have overall responsibility for site workers, even if they are not directly employed by them. Construction is a high risk environment. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that construction sites accounted for 27% of fatal accidents and 9% of serious injuries in 2010. Our Solicitors have been instructed to act in numerous cases where serious injury has resulted from accidents at construction sites.

If you’ve sustained an injury while working on a construction site, we understand the devastating impact your condition can have on your life, in many different ways. By law, an employer has to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, by ensuring the workplace is safe and without risk to health.

Our team are qualified Solicitors and experts in this field, who fight every day for people whose lives have been affected when their employers fail to protect them at work.

The employer has an absolute duty to make sure that work equipment is suitable, maintained and inspected. The definition of work equipment is very wide. Our Solicitors have never lost a case where a client has suffered injury as a result of a defective piece or work equipment.

If you’ve sustained an injury while using defective equipment at your work place, we understand the devastating impact this can have on your life, in many different ways. By law, an employer has to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, by ensuring the workplace is safe and without risk to health.

ASD’s experienced Solicitors fight every day on behalf of people who have been injured because their employers failed to protect them at work.

The use of vehicles at work is often unavoidable. The employer has an obligation to ensure that where the use of vehicles is required they are properly organised and controlled. ASD have dealt with numerous clients who have been injured as a result of being struck by vehicles at work. The most common vehicle likely to cause injury is a forklift truck.

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"I would like to acknowledge receipt of the cheque which you sent to my mum in settlement of her accident claim. Thank you very much for all the help you have given her over the last few months. Also I would like to thank Julie Watts who was very helpful and understanding especially with the frustrations we had with Zurich!"
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