Kiteleys Solicitors

Kiteleys Solicitors. 7 St. Stephen's Court, 15-17 St. Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH2 6LA. Telephone 01425 278866.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.

Workplace accidents

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Workplace injuries

Whilst you are at work, your employer is under a duty to make sure that you are kept safe.
This means that you must be made aware of any health and safety issues that affect you within your workplace.

Injuries in the work place can take many different forms and your employer could be liable for all manner of accidents.

Slips / trips

Slip and trip accidents account for around a third of all major accidents at work.

Your employer is under a duty to make sure that you are kept safe at work. Therefore they must take certain measures to ensure that you are prevented from slipping or tripping at work and sustaining injury.

You may have a claim against your employer if:

  • The floors in you workplace were not suitable for the activity you were engaging in through the course of your employment and this led to you being injured.
  • The flooring was uneven or unsafe.
  • Your employer failed to ensure that obstacles were removed from the flooring in your workplace, leading to you becoming injured.
  • Correct safety equipments, such as adequate footwear or non-slip mats were not provided, leading to you sustaining an injury.

If you have slipped or tripped at work and it wasn’t your fault, we may be able to help you in your claim for compensation.

Workplace equipment

By Law, your employer is required to provide you with safe plant and machinery whilst you are at work. This means that you must be provided with equipment that works properly, is fit for the purposes that it is being used for and does not pose a risk of injury to you, as an employee.

Therefore equipment should be inspected and well maintained and staff should be given adequate training in how to use it and how to prevent themselves from being injured.

Accidents that involve inadequate plant and machinery, tend to involve construction workers or those who operate very heavy machinery. If you have been involved in an accident due to faulty or inadequate machinery, or because you were not properly trained in its use, then you may have a claim for compensation.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment is equipment which is used or worn by employees to avoid risks to their health and safety.

An example of personal protective equipment, is the use of gloves by employees who are often exposed to chemicals; for example cleaners that use bleach and other chemical based cleaning products. Or Steel-toe capped boots that are provided for factory or construction site workers.

However PPE can also include: Helmets, masks, goggles, high visibility clothing and ear defenders.

If you need PPE whilst at work, then your employer needs to provide this to you, free of charge. Your employer also has a duty to make sure the equipment is properly stored whilst not in use and is regularly inspected and maintained.

As an employee, the importance of your PPE should be explained to you and you should be trained in how to correctly use the equipment.

Faulty or incorrect PPE or attendance at a workplace where necessary PPE is not provided, can lead to injuries such as lacerations, broken bones and even head injuries.

If you have been provided with faulty PPE or have not been provided with any and this has led to you becoming injured at work, we may be able to help you in your claim for compensation against your employer.

Manual handling

Manual handling can involve, pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying heavy items or pieces of equipment.

Over a quarter of all injuries caused by manual handling accidents are sustained to the back; and manual handling accidents are most common in workplaces such as factories and warehouses.

However manual handling injuries can occur in many different ways and in many different workplaces, for example a person who stacks shelves in a supermarket may incur a hernia or repetitive strain injury.

Your employer, should aim to reduce the risk of injury to you, by trying to avoid situations where manual handling is essential. However if it cannot be avoided then your employer should ensure that a risk assessment is carried out on all manual handling tasks and that you are informed of any risks of personal injury and advised as how to keep this risk to a minimum. You must, therefore, be properly trained in the reason for manual handling procedures and the correct way to carry them out.

If you have been injured due to a manual handling accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer and we can help.

Negligent Colleagues

An Employer has a responsibility to ensure that a person is fit for the job they have been employed to do. An example of this duty is ensuring that an employee has relevant experience and qualifications and is able to follow health and safety guidelines.

If an employee is in the course of completing their job, is on company business or is acting under the instruction of their employer and is negligent in a way that cause harm to another person, the employer may be found liable for injury.

Equally, if an employer becomes aware of a possible risk to the health and safety of others, due to acts and omissions of an employee, they must take adequate steps to reduce this risk.

Therefore if, during the course of his/her employment, a colleague leaves an obstruction on the floor, which you trip over and become injured, your employer may be held accountable for the negligent actions of your colleague.

If you are not a co-worker of a negligent employee, you may still be entitled to compensation from an employer for injuries sustained as a result of negligent employees because of the employers duty to ensure that the employee is fit for the job.

For example, if a food delivery company employ a driver, they have a duty to check that the driver has a relevant licence and insurance. If they failed to do this and you were then injured in a Road Traffic Accident caused by the driver, because he did not have adequate road experience, you may have a claim against the employer for your injuries.

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Kiteleys Solicitors. 40 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset. BH13 7LP. Telephone 01425 278866.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.