You may be able to bring an accident* at work claim if you have been injured as a result of health and safety procedures not being followed. Your employer has a legal duty to ensure you are safe at work. This means they have a responsibility to:-
- Make sure you are properly trained;
- Provide you with a safety statement;
- Provide you with suitable work and personal protective equipment;
- Undertake risk assessments;
- Manage business activities to minimise risks to your health and safety; and
- Provide safe systems of work.
What is involved in making an accident* at work claim?
Employment law in Ireland law places strict obligations on employers to protect the safety and wellbeing of employees, particularly by providing a safe place of work, a safe system of work or proper training to their employees. Where injuries are sustained in the workplace it is possible for the injured party to take a legal action against the employer.
The first issue to be established is whether an injury has actually occurred. The claimant must have sustained some form of injury – either physical or psychological – in the course of his or her employment to bring a workplace injury claim. Examples of the type of injuries that occur in the workplace include injuries caused by heavy lifting, repetitive stress injuries and in recent years the courts have granted awards in cases involving stress and anxiety to employees that arose from workplace bullying and harassment.
Common types of accidents* at work
Whilst every accident and injury is unique, this list of common accident at work includes accidents and injuries of the greatest frequency in Ireland.
Claiming for wrongful death following a workplace accident
If a loved one recently died following a workplace accident you may be entitled to issue a fatal injuries claim. This type of claim includes the financial loss of your loved one's earnings which would have otherwise supported your family. Please contact one of our industrial accidents and diseases experts for further information.
At HOMS Assist we have over fifty years’ experience in workplace injury claims. If you have suffered a workplace injury and you are in any doubt about whether you can bring a personal injuries claim you can contact one of our experienced advisors who will be happy to assist you.
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