The Perils of Going to Work


Following Workers Memorial Day, it is important, not only to remember those killed in accidents at work, but those who have sustained injury through an accident at work. Whilst these injuries cannot be undone, the law tries as best it can to put someone back in the position they were in before.

Workers Memorial Day Construction Worker

Compensation helps with things like the financial burden of being off work, with reduced or no pay, to help with the cost of care which may be required and to provide compensation for the pain and suffering which those individuals are going through.

If you have been injured in an accident at work and you're not sure if you are able to pursue a claim for compensation, contact us, and we will do all that we can to provide you with accident claims advice.

We have pursued claims for a range of injuries which our clients have sustained in accidents at work.

Our Work with the Communication Workers Union (CWU)

At Simpson Millar LLP we work closely with the CWU, whose aim is to secure excellent health and safety standards for its members.

A key part of ensuring employers adhere to health and safety regulations involves guaranteeing any breach of the law is addressed through legal action. This serves two key purposes:

  • Puts right the injuries suffered by an employee, as far as is possible
  • Identifies health and safety risks in the workplace, and how they occurred, so that they can be prevented in the future

Here are a few examples of short case studies involving accidents at work:

Back Injury Caused by Heavy Lifting

The accident happened whilst he was unloading a delivery from a container to his van. The container had been overloaded by another member of staff and exceeded the maximum level which in-turn meant that when our client tried to lift the container he suffered a back injury due to the sheer weight of the container. He received a settlement for £16,873.

Worker Struck by Mini-digger Whilst at Work

A man was performing work that involved trenching and duct installation to widen and improve the A46. As he was sweeping up and assisting with laying a pipe, he was struck by a four and a half tonne mini digger which was being driven by a colleague. The claim settled for £14,470.31.

Knee Injury Sustained due to a Failure to Provide Correct Equipment

Our client suffered injuries at work whilst fitting carpets as his employer had not supplied the correct tools to complete the task and as such maximising the risk of injury. Employers need to make every possible effort to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees where reasonably possible, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Employers must maintain a safe working environment for you, their employees. Accidents at work can be caused by:

  • Defective equipment
  • Unsuitable equipment
  • Negligent acts of other employees
  • Unsafe working practices
  • Unsafe premises

Top Tips - What To Do If You've Been Injured in an Accident at Work

  • Ensure that the accident has been reported in the accident book and a log has been made
  • If something has caused your accident i.e. a wet floor, a defect, take a photograph – this can assist us in pursuing your claim
  • Get details of any witnesses to your accident – this can be vital if there is a dispute further down the line as to what exactly happened
  • If you are a member of a Union – speak to your Union rep – they will have access to a much wider range of information which could assist further down the line

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