A guide to making a No Win No Fee dangerous practices and procedures at work claim
An employer has a responsibility to assess risk and take adequate measures to ensure the health and safety of their staff.
These measures include ensuring that procedures and training programmes are in place. Crucially, these processes must be fit for purpose and regularly monitored and updated if necessary.
For employees who have suffered personal injury as a result of poor or negligent work practices, an work injury compensation claim can, in many cases, be made.
What practices and procedures are considered dangerous?
Dangerous practices and procedures are any that do not adhere to the recommended health and safety requirements, or that do not follow government regulations, or that otherwise put staff or members of the public at risk.
Some of the most common dangerous practices and procedures seen in compensation claims include:
- Employees being told to use chairs or tables to work at height, instead of using a ladder
- A failure to secure a ladder, or using a ladder without training
- Workers using tools and work practices not suitable for the job
- Workers operating dangerous machinery for which they have little or no training
- Workers lifting or carrying heavy objects without the correct equipment or training
- Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Lack of adequate cleaning procedures to deal with slip and trip hazards
- Failure to separate pedestrian and forklift areas
- Exposing workers to dangerous chemicals and substances
- Failure to use accidents as a catalyst for new risk assessments
What regulations are in place to protect workers?
There are a range of health and safety regulations in place to guide employers towards creating and maintaining work environments which are safe and risk free. These include: The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; The Personal Protective Equipment Act 1992; Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992; Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The primary piece of legislation is The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAW). This sets out the duty of employers to ensure, as is reasonably possible, the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees. Some of the main provisions include:
- Ensuring the safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, plants and systems
- Ensuring safety and absence of risk in relation to handling, storage and transport of items and substances
- Providing adequate health and safety instruction, information and training to staff
- Providing and maintaining safe routes to and from the work environment
- Providing adequate facilities and arrangements for welfare of staff
If an employer fails to meet any of these requirements, which in turn leads to an accident resulting in the personal injury of an employee, they could be seen as negligent and therefore held liable in a compensation claim.
It is important to note that employees also hold a degree of responsibility for their own health and safety in the workplace, and that of others. If they acted irresponsibly or outside of the recommended practices or procedures, this will be taken into account.
Guaranteed No Win, No Fee - Pay nothing if you lose your claim
A no win no fee arrangement ( called a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between a claimant and a qualified lawyer.
The no win no fee agreement is the conditions under which the solicitor acts for their client.
It sets out what the lawyer will do and how he is remunerated if your legal case is won.
If you choose Quittance for your work injury claim there will be no sneaky hidden costs in the terms and conditions , nothing to pay up-front and the peace of mind that you wont be financially out of pocket.
What to do next
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