What To Do If You Have An Accident At Work?
Accidents at work can happen and in most cases can be completely avoidable. If you have been injured in a workplace accident then you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. There are strict obligations on employers under the Health & Safety Acts together with other legislation to ensure that employees have a safe system of work and that employees are properly trained in the tasks that they are carrying out and that they are provided with proper equipment in the course of their employment.
It is important to immediately take the following steps after the occurrence of an accident at work.
- Report the accident immediately to your superior and ensure that an accident report is completed and you are given a copy of it.
- Seek medical attention immediately and ensure that your doctor or hospital personnel keep detailed records of the accident.
Frequent accidents at work
Accidents in work can happen as a result of many causes.
- Slip and falls in a level area.
- Falls from a height … from stairs, ladders or scaffolding.
- Manual handling, which includes lifting and carrying, pushing and pulling, and twisting and turning of the body.
- The use and handling of machinery, which was unsuitable for the task or not serviced correctly.
- Exposure to chemicals and dangerous substances through a lack of protective clothing and equipment.
- The hazards of using and moving transport vehicles in the workplace.
There are a number of industries which experience higher rates of industrial accidents due to the nature of the work and Irish employees may have been involved in these through construction accidents, farming accidents, factory accidents or accidents while working in the retail sector.
Compensation for an accident at work is awarded under the following headings:
- the injuries you have received,
- your medical costs,
- any loss of earnings which may have occurred.
- and other costs.
Click below for more infromation on the different aspects of an accident at work compensation claim and should you have any questions or would like to speak with a member of our personal injury claims team, please contact us on +353 1 649 9900 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.