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When an accident happens at work, the complications can seem overwhelming. To not only be forced to deal with pain and medical expenses but also paperwork and claims seems almost cruel. UK employers have certain legal responsibilities to their employees so compensation may at least take care of the costs associated with a workplace injury.
These responsibilities extend to all sorts of employees. It does not matter if you work part time, full time, on a zero hours contract or if you are on the premises but not working at the time of the accident. You may still qualify for compensation in these circumstances.
In some circumstances, the employer may be insured against losses in this type of case. If the employer is found liable for the accident, their insurance policy or policies may cover the costs. The various rules and laws regarding liability are quite complex. However, most of them establish the duties an employer owes to the employees. These duties are set up to protect the employee from dangerous conditions. The meeting of them (or failure to meet them) helps determine the employer’s liability in the case of an accident or injury.
The numerous regulations cover many job site factors that can contribute to injuries. Here are a just few of the items covered in the laws regarding the workplace:
- Safety equipment
- Emergency exits
- Fire detection
- First aid equipment
- Maintenance of the workplace and equipment
- Ventilation and temperature
- Sanitation and washroom facilities
- Drinking water
As you can see, employers carry a great deal of responsibility for the safety of their workers. Even visitors who are not employed by the company may be covered under these laws. If you have a legitimate injury on the job, those laws will help to provide compensation so that you are not left to bear the burden of your medical bills all on your own. An legal expert can help you sort out the details of a workplace injury.