I’ve had an accident at work. What should I do?
Accidents at work are extremely common. According to the Health and Safety Executive, 1.4 million working people suffered a work related illness or accident in 2017/18. 30.7 million working days were lost due to work related illness and 144 people were killed at work.
There are a wide variety of jobs and just as many different types of accident. The first thing to note is that if you do have an accident at work, it is absolutely essential that you report it to your employer. You should, if at all possible, insist that it is placed in the Accident Report Book and you should carefully monitor what is recorded so that it is an accurate reflection of what actually happened. If you have any injuries you should see the First Aider and thereafter attend your GP or hospital, as is appropriate.
You should then gather evidence. Is there any CCTV? Can you take photographs? It is important that the precise circumstances of the accident are recorded and evidence relating to this gathered immediately.
Be very careful what you say to your work colleagues and to your supervisors etc as this could prejudice your claim. Your employer may ask you to attend a disciplinary. Ensure that you take your representative or union representative with you to assist you. If you are genuinely not at fault for the accident then you should certainly tell your employer this, politely and firmly. Make a note of any changes which occur in working practices after your accident. This can be vital in establishing liability.
You should also ensure that you attend any Occupational Health assessments and co-operate with your employer as much as possible. If you are in any doubt as to how to go about making a claim or need advice regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact Treadstone Law, please ask for the Employers Liability Team. We are specialists in Accident at Work cases and have been extremely successful in these cases over the last 20 years. All cases are undertaken on a No Win No Fee basis.