According to the Health and Safety Executive, approximately 150,000 injuries are reported every year as the result of an accident at work and an estimated two million people suffer from poor health that is caused or aggravated by time spent at work.
All employers have a legal responsibility for the health and safety of their employees, avoiding accidents at work. This includes ensuring plant and machinery are safe, that dangerous substances are stored and used safely, that adequate welfare facilities are provided and that workers receive proper information, training and supervision.
If an employer does not ensure that work areas are safe and that environmental factors are upheld to an acceptable standard, they can be held responsible for any injury or illness that results from their negligence. Accidents at work can include slips and falls, injuries caused by improper use of machinery and damage suffered as the result of inadequate safety precautions.
Accidents at work aren’t the only way to become unwell in your workplace. Your employer could also be held liable if you suffer from occupational diseases, such as asbestosis, lead poisoning and repetitive strain injury.