Workplace accidents do happen, although not nearly as often as in the past. Thankfully, OSHA now requires businesses to meet safety requirements which can and do prevent most accidents. Employees can now work in what could be dangerous conditions with confidence that every precaution is being taken for their safety. However, due to human and sometimes mechanical error, there can still be accidents and some of them can be quite serious.
If you have an injury at your workplace, and you can prove it wasn’t due to your negligence, you have legal recourse. Some employees are worried that claiming compensation for a work related accident will result in the loss of their job. Most workplaces will treat accidents in a responsible way, but a few will attempt to place the blame on the employee. It is important to understand that an employer can be charged with wrongful dismissal if they terminate an employee as a result of an accident claim filed by the employee.
Employers are legally required to report any work related accidents under the RIDDOR act of 1995. The accidents at work law ensures the safety of workers. The employer is held responsible for their facility, and they will answer when a claim is filed against their company.
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