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Make an Industrial Compensation Claim
Making an industrial compensation claim after suffering an accident at work is relatively straightforward providing the employer is co-operative.
The first step, after receiving immediate medical attention if required, would be to formally report the incident to the employer who will then notify their insurance company.
The insurance company will liaise with the employer and gather information regarding the incident from the injured party, any witnesses, the employers themselves and finally obtain medical reports. They would then make a settlement offer to the injured person.
Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out like that, either because of an uncooperative employer, legal complications or even an unwillingness to proceed by the injured employee.
Although it should not be the case, many employees do feel that if they file an industrial compensation claim against their employer, they will lose their job.
This is a groundless fear and there are laws in place that protect all employees from this sort of discrimination.
As such, all employers are required to carry the appropriate insurance to cover these sorts of claims.
But, if you feel you are being denied compensation, where can you get help?
If there are problems with an industrial compensation claim, the assistance of a specialist compensation solicitor may be needed to take the claim forward.
All employers are responsible for maintaining and monitoring work policies including health & safety.
This means that safety guidelines must be set so that employees can prevent, or at least minimize, the risk of an accident at work.
It is the employers’ responsibility to ensure that all machinery and equipment go through regular maintenance procedures and are proclaimed safe to use by the operators.
Additionally, where required, all employees must be provided with any necessary protective gear. This equipment could include the following; gloves, face mask, gas mask and helmets and fire proof clothing.
An important part of the Health & Safety Regulations is that an employer must always record all work related injuries and accidents in the work accident book. Added to this is the fact that all accidents that occur and are recorded in the accident book should be referred to the Health & Safety executive.
Employers must also provide first aid facilities and equipment, along with trained personnel, within the company’s premises.
Employees must also make sure that there are adequate safeguards for the proper control of noise and pollution and must follow strict government policies on fire safety and prevention.
If any of these guidelines are not met by the employer, the employee has the right to leave work and come back only when the problems of safety have been addressed.
However, with the fear of losing one’s job a big possibility, an employee is unlikely to leave work based on unsafe company measures which could be a reason why, even with modern technology and safer machinery being utilized, employees still fall victim to accidents and injuries related to work.
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