Mr P contacted Michael Lewin Solicitors after the tips of his fingers were severed in an accident; Mr P suffered a serious injury at work and he wanted to claim compensation against his employer in the UK.
Mr P from Stoke-on-Trent lost the tips of his fingers as a result of a nasty accident at work. He was lifting up some bench steps to fold them away when the clamps moved and his fingers were severed in the mechanism. Fingertips are full of nerves. A serious injury like Mr P’s can affect the use of a person’s hand.
Part of the act of 1974 about health and safety at work states:
(1)It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health safety and welfare at work of all his employees.
(2)Without prejudice to the generality of an employer’s duty under the preceding subsection the matters to which that duty extends include in particular?
(a) The provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are so far as is reasonably practicable safe and without risks to health;
(b)arrangements for ensuring so far as is reasonably practicable safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use handling storage and transport of articles and substances;
(c)the provision of such information instruction training and supervision as is necessary to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health and safety at work of his employees;
(d)so far as is reasonably practicable as regards any place of work under the employer’s control the maintenance of it in a condition that is safe and without risks to health and the provision and maintenance of means of access to and egress from it that are safe and without such risks;
(e) The provision and maintenance of a working environment for his employees that is so far as is reasonably practicable safe without risks to health and adequate as regards facilities and arrangements for their welfare at work.
Mr P had sustained an appalling injury through no fault of his own and he was entitled to compensation for his traumatic experience; Michael Lewin acknowledged that his fingers had sustained an appalling injury at work through no fault of his own and they made a claim for compensation in the UK on his behalf.
In some cases a serious accident like Mr P’s can result in a permanent deformity. An employer is responsible for ensuring that any equipment used by their employees is safe. They are responsible for any faults and subsequently any injuries that are sustained due to faulty equipment.
Employees are also responsible for their own health and safety in the workplace. You do have the right to refuse to do a job if you believe it is not safe or if you have not been provided with the correct equipment to do the job.
If you have lost your fingers at work like Mr P or sustained any serious injury at work that wasn?t your fault and are seeking compensation in the UK call Michael Lewin on: 0844 499 9302.