Goodmans Law

February 22, 2011 04:49 ET

Employers Are Leaving Themselves Open to Injury Claims

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2011) - Employers aren't doing enough to prevent serious injuries in the workplace, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Where employers don't give sufficient attention to making the working environment safe, injuries can occur, and staff are entitled to make injury claims against them.

According to RoSPA figures, there are 1.6 million occupational injuries every year, as well as 2.2 million cases of illness either caused or exacerbated by working conditions. Slips and trips are the biggest hazard, accounting for 42 per cent of major injuries such as fractures and spinal injuries.

Carol Hopwood, Director and Head of Serious Injury at Goodmans Law, said

"Where employers fail in their legal duty to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of injury to their workforce, they should expect re percussions. Those who have suffered injury as a result of an unsafe working environment are entitled to claim compensation for their injuries, loss of earning and other financial losses."

There are a number of measures employers can take to protect staff and reduce the risk of legal action. They are advised to install good lighting, make sure outdoor entrances have doormats, mop up spills promptly, ensure that all cabling is tidy and avoid unnecessary obstructions of any kind.

Employers also need to make sure that health and safety training is provided for all staff.

Goodmans Law Ltd runs, a specialist solicitors practice dedicated to professional excellence in serious personal injury claims.

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