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Dangerous Practices and Procedures at Work

Health and Safety at Work
  Your Rights as an Employee to work in a safe environment
About Dangerous Practices and Procedures at Work
  Examples of how Dangerous Procedures can lead to Injuries at Work
Feedback from clients we have helped with personal injury compensation claims
  Thank you letters from clients we have assisted with workplace claims
Workplace Accident Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a claim for compensation if you have been injured at work
Helpful Links regarding Health and Safety at Work
  Organisations which may be able to help you further

Health and Safety at Work

Your Rights as an Employee to work in a safe environment

Whether you are a full-time worker, a part-time worker, agency staff or a contractor you have a right to work in a safe environment.  Your employer is primarily responsible for this but employees have a duty to look after their own health and safety too.

It is a fact that union workplaces are safer workplaces and every worker has the right to join a Trade Union.  It is thought that workers who get involved with health and safety issues at work generally stay safer and healthier than those who don't.

If you have been injured at work through no fault of your own you may be able to make a workplace accident compensation claim.  Contact us for legal advice.

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About Dangerous Practices and Procedures at Work

Examples of how Dangerous Procedures can lead to Injuries at Work

Before you start work your employer should have already carried out a risk assessment of the area you are going to work in and the type of work you are going to do.

If your employer employs five people or more they should have made an official record of the assessment detailing the risks to health and safety they found together with their plans to deal with the health and safety issues.

Unfortunately some employers are not as thorough as they should be and allow dangerous practices and procedures in their workplaces.  There are many different dangerous practices and procedures but some of the most common ones we hear about at Thompsons Solicitors include:

  • workers using tables, chairs or other objects instead of a pair of ladders
  • failing to have ladders and stepladders ‘footed’, secured or fitted with stabilisers
  • using ladders when scaffolding and platforms would be safer
  • workers using tools and work practices unsuitable for the job in hand
  • workers operating or repairing dangerous machinery for which they have received little or no training
  • workers lifting or carrying heavy objects without the correct equipment or training
  • workers provided with no suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • workplaces which have no suitable cleaning procedures in place leaving slipping and tripping hazards for workers
  • failing to separate pedestrian and fork lift traffic areas
  • failing to illuminate walking and working areas and repair potholes or other hazards
  • failing to heed accidents and complaints and carry out fresh risk assessments
  • exposing workers to dangerous chemicals and substances

If you have suffered a personal injury at work due to unsafe procedures you may be entitled to make an accident at work compensation claim.  Contact us on 08000 224 224 for more information.

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Feedback from clients we have helped with personal injury compensation claims

Thank you letters from clients we have assisted with workplace claims

Thompsons Solicitors often receive thank you letters from clients we have helped to make successful personal injury claims. A selection of those relating to claims involving dangerous practices and procedures at work can be found below.

Care Worker injured in home for the elderly

Anne Andrews was working as a part-time care worker in a home for the elderly at the time of her accident.  She injured her back due to dangerous practices and procedures in her workplace and instructed Thompsons Solicitors to help her make a personal injury compensation claim.

The resident's room which Mrs Andrews was in at the time of her accident was very cluttered and the bed was in a corner up against the wall.  Mrs Andrews said that she had to change some soiled bed sheets and that the bed should really have been moved out into an open space with the help of a second member of staff but due to the condition of the room and the fact that there were only 2 members of staff working at the time, this was impossible. 

In addition to this the Risk Assessments were out of date and did not show that the resident was elderly, frail and her condition was deteriorating.  She really required a fully adjustable hospital bed rather than the low bed she had which was not adjustable.

Mrs Andrews tried to remove the sheets herself from the bed and injured her back.  With help from Thompsons Solicitors she recovered £4,500 personal injury compensation.  An extract from her thank you letter read "Thank you for all your patience and hard work on our behalf".

If you have been injured at work due to dangerous practices and procedures in your workplace you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  Contact us on 08000 224 224 for more information about how we can help.

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Workplace Accident Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a claim for compensation if you have been injured at work

If you or anyone you know has suffered an injury, illness or disease at work due to dangerous practices or dangerous procedures, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim including claims stemming from dangerous procedures in the workplace. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Helpful Links regarding Health and Safety at Work

Organisations which may be able to help you further

The following links may be of help to you if you are suffering from a problem at work. If you have been injured at work through no fault of your own you may be entitled to make a workplace injury compensation claim.  Contact us for legal advice.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) - Provide free, confidential and impartial advice about employment rights issues.

Citizens Advice Bureau - Offers free, independent and confidential advice.

Directgov - Information about Employers' Health and Safety Responsibilities.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Information for employees about Health and Safety at Work.

Trades Union Congress (TUC) - Learn about Trade Unions and how you can join a union.

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