Mr S wanted to make a claim for compensation after he was injured at work so he contacted Michael Lewin Solicitors for help; claims for accidents at work come in many shapes and sizes which can be seen by reading any of the case studies available on the HSE website and Michael Lewin have a perfect understanding of this broad and complex area of personal injury law in the UK.

As in the case of Mr S defective equipment in the workplace which has caused injury to an employee puts the employer at risk of being sued. If a claim is made all possible causes of the accident will be investigated. Service records and reports of defects or problems will be thoroughly examined. Also the frequency of inspections will be taken into account.

Employers have a duty of care to their employees by law. They must create a safe working environment and ensure that they enforce strict health and safety regulations. They are responsible for any employees who are not adhering to the rules. They are also responsible for making sure all employees are fully trained and following the correct safety procedures.

Claims for accidents at work must be supported by evidence proving third party fault; the thousands of case studies available on line will show typical examples of employer negligence and demonstrate the many different types of accidents that occur in the workplace in the UK if safety procedures are not followed.

Many employers feel very worried that the responsibility for the health and safety of their employees is on their shoulders. They are concerned about employees interfering with equipment or refusing to wear the correct clothing. It is the employer’s duty to ensure that procedures are followed and they are perfectly within their rights to discipline any employees who are breaking the rules. Sections 7 and 8 of the health and safety at work act deal with these concerns.

Section 7 states that employees must not endanger themselves or others by their acts or omissions. In addition they must co-operate with their employers as long as this co-operation does not lead to an increased risk to health and safety or is an illegal act so that the employer can comply with their statutory duties thereby making the responsibility for safety a joint effort between employer and employee. Section 8 states that no person (i.e. not just employees) shall knowingly intentionally or recklessly misuse abuse or interfere with anything provided in the interests of health and safety. Machine safeguards clearly fall under this section. It therefore follows that should any member of staff be found to be interfering with these devices and they have been provided with the necessary information training and adequate supervision to use the machine correctly disciplinary action should follow.

If you are seeking further information regarding accidents at work and claims for compensation or if you want to discuss case studies with a qualified personal injury lawyer in the UK call Michael Lewin Solicitors on : 0844 499 9302.

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