5 steps to take if you suffer a fall at work

Despite strict regulations and guidance on health and safety in the workplace, accidents at work do still happen. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that, in the last financial year, 111,000 people were injured at work and that over 27 million working days were lost as a result of work related injuries.

Injuries at work can be caused by any number of things, from faulty equipment to improper training. Simple mistakes such as leaving a cable trailing in the office, not wiping up a spill in the canteen or failing to stack boxes safely, all leave the possibility of an accident occurring. If you have suffered a trip or fall at work, here are five things you should make sure you do to protect yourself following the accident.

1.      Take care of yourself first

Following a fall at work, your first concern should be with your own welfare. Ensure the company first aider is called to attend to you and if necessary contact the ambulance for further medical attention. No other steps should be a concern to you until your injuries have been assessed and treated. If you have suffered a head injury at work, it is critical you are seen by a medical professional as soon as possible.

2.      Record the incident

Make sure your accident is fully reported in your employer’s accident book. Every employer is required by law to have one of these, under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), so make sure all the details of your accident, including your injuries and any treatment you received, are fully and accurately recorded.

3.      Collect evidence

If you can, take a note of any witnesses to the accident or capture photographs of the scene, as this will make claiming compensation later a whole lot easier. If you are moved to hospital or are unable to find out who saw what, it can be a good idea to have a friend or colleague take some names and contact details so you can easily get in touch with these people later on.

4.      Seek professional legal advice

You may or may not want to claim compensation for your injuries, but by getting in touch with a solicitor promptly after the incident you will be leaving the door open for this course of action and giving your claim the best chance of success. Most injury lawyers work on a no win no fee basis, so instructing them to investigate your accident shouldn’t cost you anything up front.

5.      Get the support you need

If, as a result of your accident, you are unable to do your job, your employer should support you through your time off. There may be healthcare provision that they can allocate to you and you should be able to claim your salary for a reasonable period of time after the incident. If you do suffer loss of earnings as a result, a compensation claim will usually recover this for you, so try not to worry too much and instead stay focussed on getting back to full health.

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