Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, an employer has a duty to ensure in so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees.
This means that your employer has to make sure you receive appropriate training to reduce the risk of you being injured while you are working for them.
For example, you may need training on safe lifting, working at heights or handling potentially dangerous machinery.
Similarly, employers may need to provide their employees with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of injury. If this is the case, you should receive clear, accurate and thorough training on how to use this equipment properly.
Training should be suited to the level of knowledge of the person receiving it and it should cover the risks associated with the particular job being carried out. For certain jobs, employees must attend courses and receive a certain level of training and/or qualifications before they can be allowed to carry out a particular role.
The training itself must also be carried out in a safe manner otherwise there is a danger of injuries occurring.
Can I claim?
Unfortunately, some employers fail to provide any training at all or they provide training which is inadequate. This leaves employees unable to carry out their jobs in a safe and secure manner and results in employees being exposed to unnecessary risks. This is when accidents and injuries at work happen.
Do you believe you have received inadequate training and suffered an injury as a result? Have you been injured while lifting or injured while using machinery? If so, you may be able to make a personal injury claim against your employer and you may be entitled to accident compensation.
Recover Assist personal injury solicitors will be able to guide you simply and easily through the process. Call today for free advice – and remember we operate on a no win no fee basis.
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