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So You’ve Had An Accident At Work. Now what?

So You’ve Had An Accident At Work. Now what?

August 18
15:09 2010

Have you ever been involved in an accident at work? Hopefully the answer is no, but please realize that accidents at work do happen and more often than you may think. Most of the time it’s a matter of a specific hazard but there are a number of procedures that can prevent an accident at work from occurring in the first place.

Your Personal Safety Around The Workplace

Your employers have to make sure that adequate safety measures are in place in and around the whole of your workplace. Accidents are usually an unfortunate event, or usually a series of events, but depending on the type of work that is being carried out, practical and substantial safety measures must be implemented to prevent an accident at work. This keeps the accident risk to a minimum although there is never a 100% certainty that nothing will happen.

Providing Proper Equipment For The Job

Depending on the type of work that you are doing, your employers have to make sure that you are equipped with everything that you need, both physically and in terms of information, to keep you safe. There are several factors that need to be fully addressed like the tasks you have to carry out, the materials involved and the risk factor of your operations. If there is an increased in risk in one or more of your operations you need to be informed in due time of this fact. This risk increase could be the result of a job parameter changing.

Correct Training For Everyone

Suitable training for any job is essential not only for you but also for your colleagues at your workplace. Employers need to make sure that you aren’t being put at risk by other workers. If they are not trained correctly, or for example come drunk to work and something happens to you then the employers are directly responsible and it’s considered a liability.

Employers are directly responsible for the conditions in which you work. There has to be proper ventilation, lighting, safety gear and so on. If one or more of these factors are disregarded and an accident at work happens you are entitled to lodge an accident at work claim.

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  1. gabriel
    gabriel April 18, 05:38

    i was shot on duty and i’ve been handed my final docter report to our HR 4 MONTH back steel no respond please let me know for how long must i wait for my compesation fund

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