Health and safety law


The health and safety law that exists in the UK is designed to protect everyone at their place of work. Your employer must carry out a risk assessment to identify any potential hazards and then take steps to minimise the danger those hazards may pose to you.

If you feel your employer has avoided their health and safety obligations, and you have suffered an injury as a result of the lack of health and safety measures in place, call us and we will recommend a specialist personal injury lawyer to assist you.

Safety compliance

Safety compliance differs dramatically depending on the industry which it governs. The most commonly discussed safety compliance issues have to do with:

  • Physical work
  • Working with tools and heavy machinery

However, even office work is commonly subject to safety compliance, most noticeably the fire-safety regulations which affect all workplaces.

There are severe consequences when safety compliance guidelines are not adhered to. The most significant of those is the possibility that the employers’ insurance will not cover the employer.

This is because often a condition of the insurance policy is that the employer (the insured) is compliant with all the safety compliance guidelines. Such a term reduces the risk for the insurer by ensuring a basic level of safety will be maintained by the insured.

Employer’s responsibilities

A health and safety policy document is also a part of health and safety law if a business has more than five employees. Any accidents or other incidents that results in an injury must be recorded, as this is a standard requirement of health and safety law. If your business fails to comply with any component of health and safety law, this could result in severe penalties that can include a prison sentence.

As an employer there is the possibility that your employee can sue you if they had an accident at work that was later found to be directly caused by a hazard that you had not identified and dealt with. You can protect yourself against claims for compensation with employers’ liability insurance.

Employee’s right to protection

From an employees’ point of view, health and safety law exists to protect you from hazardous environments when at work. Note that if you work from home, this is still your place of work and health and safety law also applies.

You may have a case for compensation if:

  • You are injured at your place of work
  • Your solicitor can prove that this was the direct result of a hazard at your workplace that should have been dealt with under health and safety law

Personal-injury solicitors can assess your case and give you an indication of whether your case may be successful. They can also estimate what level of compensation you may receive, and if this is enough to compensate for your accident as well as pay your court costs. In any case that links to health and safety law, always ensure a qualified solicitor represents you.

For more advice on the benefits of using a solicitor, see our page on health and safety solicitors.

Have you had an accident at work, or suffered an injury as a result of bad health and safety implementation in your workplace? Contact Law works with specialist personal injury lawyers who deal with accident at work claims and can represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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