- Keeping Safe at Work and Know your Rights!
We at Cute Injury care about you!
We want you to look after yourself which is why we have produced this article for you.
Did you know that approximately 72,000 people suffered from non-fatal work place related injuries last year?
It is very important to know your rights! Your Employer has a Legal Duty to protect you and create a safe working environment whilst you are at work
Certain accidents and incidents need to be reported by law.
Pay you Sick Pay and allow you to take time off work if you need it if you have suffered from a work place related Accident or illness. Take a look at the most recent HSE figures for the period covering 2015/16 for work related accidents:
Report an Accident At Work
If you have suffered an Injury at Work this should be recorded in your employer's 'Accident Book', this applies for both major and minor accidents. All employers (except for very small companies) have a duty to keep an accident at work book.
Who is Responsible?
Your employer must carry out a risk assessment of your work place.
Included in this is a need to decide how many first aiders are needed and the type of first aid equipment required. Employees also have a duty to take reasonable care over their own health and safety.
First aiders have no right to extra pay, but some employers do offer this.
They should also place a certificate, (with the name of their insurance company) where it can be seen at work. If not, they must give you the details of the insurer should you ask for them. In the event that you do need to make a claim for Compensation Your employer cannot dismiss you.
In most cases, should you need time off because of an accident in the workplace you will only have the right to Statutory Sick Pay.
Your employer may have a scheme for paying extra for time off caused by accidents at work. Or, they might decide to pay extra depending on what has happened.
If you have suffered injured in an accident at work and you think your employer might be responsible, you may decide to make a claim for compensation.
*source, HSE statistics for Great Britain 2016