Mrs S was awarded a substantial sum of compensation after seeking advice from Michael Lewin’s work accident claims solicitors in London.
Mrs S suffered an injury to her finger in a nasty accident at work. As she was using the safe in the premises the safe door shut trapping her finger. The injury she sustained caused her great pain in her fingers.
Michael Lewin’s specialist team of accident in the workplace solicitors were able to pursue compensation on behalf of Mrs S as the accident was not her fault. We were very pleased to be able to help Mrs S claim compensation to help her get over the accident.
Many employers feel concerned that the onus for health and safety is on their shoulders. They worry that if employees have interfered with equipment or refuse to wear the correct clothing they are fully responsible.
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 have been involved in an accident you should seek advice from claims solicitors in London who have a proven track record of success.
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. Your employer cannot dismiss you or threaten to dismiss you if you refuse to work for genuine health and safety concerns for yourself or your colleagues. If you have any concerns about health and safety at work you should always talk to your employer first; they may simply be unaware of any problems. If your employer does not listen to your concerns and act upon them as a final resort you may have to report them to the local authority’s environmental health department.
Michael Lewin Solicitors have been securing compensation for our clients for over 10 years. We have a very high success rate and we aim to get claims settled as quickly as possible.
We have different teams within our business each of which is responsible for a separate area of liability compensation law.
So whether you have been injured in a work accident or an accident in a public place the specialist claims solicitors at Michael Lewin in London will be able to help you.
Call us today on 0844 499 9302.