Mr J from Ilford contacted Michael Lewin after his work accident because he was not at fault and wanted to make a compensation claim for his injuries; the legal advice he received from the personal injury claims consultants in Leeds enabled him pursue compensation against his employer on a no win no fee basis.
Mr J was injured following a dangerous fall from a ladder. Most fatal accidents in the workplace have been caused by falls from height. In one year alone 40 workers lost their lives after a fall.
Obviously construction sites present a high risk of serious injuries due to the use of scaffolding and ladders. Ladders should always be checked for any defects before they are used like any other equipment or machinery would be. They should be safely secured both at the top and the bottom and never placed on surfaces which are uneven or slippery.
Many employers feel concerned that the onus for health and safety is on their shoulders that if employees have interfered with equipment or are refusing 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.
Michael Lewin determined that Mr J was not at fault for his work accident and were delighted to be able to help him with his compensation claim; the personal injury experts provided him with expert advice and proved the team in Leeds are dedicated hard working and always put the interests of their clients first.
In many smaller businesses the owner will take the responsibility for the health and safety whilst in larger organisations there may be a few staff with health and safety issues as their full time role.
When it comes to duty of care the primary job of the competent person is to carry out a risk assessment. This needs to identify the health and safety risks of each employee in the workplace.
The outcome of the risk assessment may vary according to the size of an organisation. If it has five or more employees a competent person has to keep a record of the assessment’s results.
If you have been injured in a work accident and are thinking about making a compensation claim get valuable legal advice from Michael Lewin Solicitors in the Leeds call them today on : 0844 499 9302.