Wherever you work and whatever your job description, your employer has certain responsibilities to ensure the maximum safety possible for you in the work place. But unfortunately, that does not always happen. The £6 billion annual bill for accident claims in the UK is a huge one and a shocking 20% of that is made up by employer’s liability claims, that is to say claims for injuries that have occurred in the workplace as a result of negligence on your employer’s part.
But how do you know if your employer is doing everything he or she should be doing to protect you and prevent accidents in the workplace? Well, according to Health and Safety laws in the UK, here are a few of the things your employer is obliged to do:-
· Provide all the training, free of charge that you require to do your job safely.
· Provide all the protective equipment you need to remain safe while working.
· Provide regular health checks if your job involves something that may have adverse health effects for you.
· Provide you with a copy of the company’s own Health and Safety Policy and with a copy of Health and Safety Law: What You Should Know.
· Display an up to date Employer’s Liability certificate somewhere in the place of work and somewhere it can be easily seen by staff.
· Let you know where and from whom you can obtain First Aid in the event of an accident.
If your employer is failing to do any of the above, then he or she is putting you in danger in the workplace, according to Health and Safety Law in the UK. Make sure your employer is doing what he should be to prevent accidents in the workplace.