Just landed that dream job? Well it’s a good idea to check out other employee benefits and policies before anything possibly goes wrong. It’s better to be informed now as accidents do happen whether in the workplace or out in public. At work your employer has certain obligations to abide by which involve informing and protecting you in your place of work. If you have been involved in an accident that took place in the work place, as a result of human error or employer negligence, then have a read of the following tips that will help you in your next steps and may lead to an accident compensation payout.
All companies should have an accident record book. Occasionally, very small companies may not have one but all incidents should still be noted. You should try and ensure that all accidents are logged in some shape, manner or form as this will act in your favour when making a claim. If the accident results in you having to take time off work and making an accident at work compensation claim, then the log of the accident will serve as an enormous benefit. The result of any accident that is then recorded in an accident book should also ensure your employer takes measures that ensure the incident doesn’t happen again.
Health and Safety Executive Reporting
Your employer is obliged to report a whole range of eventualities to the Incident Contact Centre of the Health and Safety Executive or HSE, if an incident occurs. If you were involved in an incident it might be worth checking to see if the incident has been reported. It is your employer’s responsibility but there is no harm in double-checking. Incidents that require to be reported to the HSE include:
• Dangerous incidents
• Broken bones
• Injuries that result in an employee being unable to carry out their normal duties for more than three days
You should be entitled from your employer to receive statutory sick pay if, as a result of the incident, you are unable to work.
This ruling can differ from company to company so you should double check. Your employer may have a scheme in place that allows for more time off work if the incident occurred at the workplace, and that may include additional pay.
Employer negligence that results in an employee suffering an accident who then has to take time off work may result in the employee pursuing an accident compensation claim. You have three years from the date of the incident occurring to make your claim and you will need a solicitor to represent you. Employers are legally required to have adequate insurance that covers them in the event of a successful claim being made against them.
It is usually after an event that one tends to look into these matters. However, a little time spent reading the small print, or a few introduction letters from the employer may well prove to be time well spent.