If you go to work and earn an honest day’s living then the view of the law is that you ought to be able to get on with that job without having to worry about whether or not you’ll be coming home injured or at all!
That is why employer’s have got a responsibility to their employees to make sure that the workplace is safe and that they have all the proper protective equipment and training and that their work equipment functions properly and isn’t faulty. If employers don’t do this and someone gets injured then that is where a claim can be made against them.
Across Wales last year there were nearly 6,000 reported injuries. Over 1,168 were classed as serious and 4,680 required the employee to have more than 3 days off work. There were also unfortunately 18 deaths.
One of the most dangerous types of work is construction. During 2009/10, the HSE reported 53 workers were injured in Swansea while working in construction, second only to Cardiff in the number of injuries and deaths.
In construction the HSE have said that what they look for is that:
Jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place
Equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly
Sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls
Walkways and stairs are free from obstructions
Work areas are clear of unnecessary materials and waste
Falls from height remains one of the most common causes of fatalities and major injuries in the construction sector in Great Britain, with more than five incidents recorded every day.
Our specialist solicitors are experts in personal injury law and know when an employer has failed to protect an employee from injury. They have experience in investigating accidents where liability is denied and in making sure that the client sees the right medical experts to get the treatment and compensation they deserve. We understand the difficulties that an accident at work can bring with it. If a client has lost earnings as a result then we would look to recover that amount in full. Sometimes an accident at work can lead to an injury so serious that it means a change in career is necessary. If that’s the case then we have access to employment experts who can help with retraining and get our client’s back on their feet as soon as possible.