The Importance of Health and Safety

We’ve all heard of Health and Safety; it’s something that everyone, whether they’re an employee, employer or self-employed, knows the basic of at the very least. However, not many people know what Health and Safety involves, or what they as employees are to expect from their employers.

If you’re not given the correct training, care and safety by your employers, you can end up having an accident at work that could change your life forever. So it’s important to know the facts!

Yellow hard hatFirstly, here are some rather shocking statistics regarding work accidents and illnesses that you may not know. The Government’s annual health and safety statistics for the 2011/2012 year recorded that:

  • 1.1 million people suffered from an illness related to their work.
  • 27 million working days were lost due to illness and injury related to their work.
  • Workplace ill health and injuries have cost society £13.4 billion in 2010/11.

Perhaps most shockingly of all, in 2011/12, 173 workers were killed at work. With a proper understanding of Health and Safety procedure, as well as knowledge of your employer’s responsibilities to ensure their employees’ well-being, perhaps this number could be dramatically reduced. So how can you learn more about the safety and protection you are entitled to, and if you are a victim of a work accident, how can you get compensation for your employer’s lack of judgement?

Firstly, there are a number of government-issued publications regarding health and safety in the workplace. There is an entire world of Health and Safety legislation that is available to you, so by getting hold of a copy of these guides and pamphlets, you can learn the ins and outs of Health and Safety law, and find out where you stand in regards to a potential court case. You can browse the available pamphlets here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/regindex.htm

Secondly, you must ensure that your employer is clued up on the Risk Assessments necessary in your line of work. Risk Assessments are, to put it simply, an assessment of the various dangers that surround you while you work. It may be heavy materials for construction or slippery surfaces in a kitchen or canteen.  Your employer must assess what these dangers are, how to prevent them and how to deal with any accidents that occur as a result of them. Once they have made their risk assessment, they must then consult their employees as to the dangers they have found. They can either do this directly, or through a representative.

Lastly, if you have suffered an illness or injury due to lack of risk assessment, poor safety measures or even just carelessness on the part of your employer, there are a wide variety of potential accident at work claims that allow you to receive compensation. This will not only ensure that your employer is more responsible in the future, but can take care of your financial worries while you concentrate on recovery.

If you have been involved in an accident at work or know someone that seeks legal advice, please get in contact with us today on 0800 083 5500.