Inadequate or Incorrect Training Injury Claim
A major responsibility of all employers is to keep their employees safe. Sadly, there are still thousands of injuries and accidents that happen in the workplace each year and, though many are only minor, some result in significant injury or even death.
Employers are responsible for keeping equipment in a safe operating condition, including maintaining and inspecting equipment regularly for damage or wear, but even the best equipment cannot keep you safe if you were not properly trained in its use.
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Examples of Inadequate Training Injuries
Some examples of injury caused by inadequate training at work are:
- Falls from height through the improper use of high access equipment or ladders
- Falls through a roof because equipment was used incorrectly
- Electrical shock or burns from using high or low voltage equipment in a way that it was not designed for
- Serious injury from industrial machinery such as drills and saws where a safe, proper procedure was not explained
- Back injury caused by improper use of lifting equipment or the complete lack of this equipment
- Crushing injury caused in warehouses where proper stacking and lifting procedures were not in place
- Repetitive strain injuries caused because a sensible pattern of breaks was not introduced
- Management sanctioned "corner-cutting" leading to injury.
What you may not be aware of is that it is the employer's responsibility to ensure that its employees are assessed for their suitability for each task, and to provide both equipment and training to ensure that all work can be done safely. It is also the employer's responsibility to make sure that additional training is provided to make sure that procedures are safely followed. These things are especially important when considering vulnerable employees such as young people, pregnant women or the newly employed.
Making an Inadequate Training Injury Claim
The first thing to remember is that it is not your fault if you have an accident because of inadequate training at work. The responsibility lies with your employer to make sure that you know how to work safely and use equipment properly.
The second thing to remember is that starting a claim for compensation will not affect your future employment. Many people find it uncomfortable to claim against their employer, but accident claims are common these days, and you would only win a case if you were justified in claiming in the first place. Your employer will also have insurance in place to protect themselves from the financial consequences of claims brought against them.
It is very important that you contact an injury solicitor as quickly as possible after the event. Accident compensation is easier to get if your personal injury lawyer can gather the relevant information quickly. Your claim will be dealt with professionally and, because a third party is involved, much of the embarrassment caused by claiming can be removed. For most claims about inadequate training at work, you will be able to use a "no win no fee" method, which ensures that you will never be out of pocket for your expenses.
Don't forget that an accident at work is not your fault. Your employer has a moral and legal requirement to keep you safe. Your accident may have dramatically affected your health or quality of life, and you are entitled to compensation.
By claiming for the money you are owed, your future will be more secure. You may be able to use the money for medical expenses, re-training to get you back to work and many other essential items that you will need to be able to continue with your life.
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