The Steps to Take Following an Accident at Work

Dec 21, 2023 | Accidents at Work

The Personal Injury People

Accidents at work, although preventable, are still prevalent. In 2019/20, HSE reported that approximately 693,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury whilst at work, with 111 people being killed at work.

Often, despite reasonable measures in place to ensure that a workplace is safe, accidents can occur. Should this happen to you, there are several steps you should take to ensure you have the best possible opportunity to obtain the compensation that you deserve.

In this article, The Personal Injury People outlines the key steps to be taken following an accident at work.

Seek Medical Attention

Following your accident at work, it is essential that you seek medical attention. For serious injuries, an ambulance should be called. A first aider should attend to you while waiting for a professional to assess your injuries.

All workplaces are legally required to have a first aid kit and designated first aider on hand.

Even if your injuries initially appear minor, it is always sensible to be seen by a doctor to check for non-visible injuries.

Report Your Accident

You must report the incident to your employer as soon as you are physically able, including accurate details of the events that led to the accident. It should be recorded in the company’s accident book. If the company does not have an accident book, a copy of your notes should be submitted to the HR department.

In cases of serious injury, your employer must report it to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Keeping a record of the accident acts as evidence and will be used to support your claim should you decide to take legal action.

Speak to Witnesses

In addition to your written account, it is sensible to ask for a written account from any witnesses of the accident. At this time, you should also ask for their contact details. Ask them to do this as soon as possible to ensure the details are fresh in their mind(s).

You should do all you can to ensure that any witness accounts are accurate and true to ensure that they can also be used as evidence if necessary.

Gather Evidence

Photo and video evidence of your injuries and the scene of the accident will help to support your claim. When you instruct your personal injury solicitor, they will be able to use this as proof that your accident was caused by employer negligence, such as hazardous working conditions or faulty equipment.

If you cannot take photos of the scene, have reliable colleagues take them and send copies to you and your employer.

Contact The Personal Injury People

If you have suffered an accident at work and would like to speak to a solicitor about pursuing a claim against your employer, please contact The Personal Injury People.

Our highly experienced personal injury solicitors can help if you or a loved one have been injured at work or working conditions have caused your illness. We will guide you through the stages of making a claim, working with you every step of the way.

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