Adequate training is crucial to creating a safe environment in any workplace. It ensures that workers are aware of the risks inherent in their work environment and how to minimise these risks. When workers are provided with inadequate training, they are more likely to make mistakes that could injure themselves and their colleagues and also endanger the workplace itself. Unfortunately, some employers will take shortcuts to fill job vacancies quickly and one way they do this is by putting workers through fast-track training or skipping it altogether. If you have been injured in an accident at work due to inadequate training in the workplace, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
The Law Related To Training In The Workplace
There are multiple Acts and Regulations that apply to training in the workplace.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 includes a provision that makes it mandatory for employers to provide all workers with the information, training, instruction, and supervision necessary for their particular workplace.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 expands on this Act. According to this legislation, employers are responsible for conducting thorough risk analyses and identifying situations in which health and safety training is vital. This could be when new risks are introduced in the workplace, before putting a new employee to work, or when current workers need to update their existing skills to keep up with advancements in the industry.
Other Acts and Regulations cover terms regarding specific health and safety training, such as handling asbestos, First Aid training, handling work equipment, and exposure to toxic substances, among others.
Occupations At High Risk From Inadequate Training Injuries
Every occupation has its own unique training needs but there are a few professions that require especially extensive training because of the nature of the job and the type of equipment used.
These are some of the occupations at high risk from inadequate training injuries:
- Construction workers – falls from height due to negligence while working on scaffolding, ladders and higher floors.
- Factory and warehouse workers – various injuries resulting from incorrect use of industry-related equipment or machinery.
- Electricians – electrical shocks from negligence when handling electrical equipment.
- Painters – back injuries from incorrect posture and other medical conditions from exposure to toxic chemicals.
- Shipping and dock workers – back injuries caused due to improper lifting procedures.
- Automobile mechanics – back injuries from working extended hours in awkward positions.
- Refuse collectors – back injuries from incorrect lifting and hoisting procedures.
- Kitchen workers – burns from handling hot equipment and electrical shocks from being negligent while handling electrical kitchen equipment.
- Laboratory workers and those who work in manufacturing – long term medical conditions that develop because of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
In addition to providing workers in these industries with proper personal protective equipment, employers must also provide workers with appropriate training in order to minimise the risk of accidents and personal injuries. In most cases, adequate training is a key factor in preventing accidents and injuries in any workplace.
What Employers Can Do With Regards To Providing Adequate Ttraining
Employers are required by law to conduct risk assessments of their workplace and provide all workers with the training necessary to perform their jobs safely without endangering themselves or other employees and workers.
Depending on the type of workplace and the risks involved, this training may include:
- How to operate industrial machinery and equipment correctly;
- Proper techniques to use when lifting and putting down heavy items or large unwieldy objects;
- How to handle electrical equipment;
- The correct way to wear personal protection equipment such as safety helmets, protective goggles, safety boots, heavy duty gloves, and noise-cancelling aids;
- What to do in case of a fire;
- What to do in case of any other emergency;
- What to do and what not to do while at the workplace.
An important aspect of workplace training is that it should be regularly updated and employees must be provided with regular refresher training so they can stay abreast of the latest safety procedures. Workers who are inexperienced, pregnant or have some disability are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and must be provided with specialised training that will help minimise the risks to themselves and others around them.
How To Claim Compensation For Inadequate Training Injuries
In order to claim compensation for an injury due to inadequate training you will need to prove that inadequate training was to blame for your injury or illness. As with any accident at work claim, you should expect your employer’s insurance company to dispute your claim, which is one reason you should seriously consider the services of a personal injury claims solicitor.
Our personal injury solicitors who specialise in accidents at work have the necessary knowledge and experience to go up against insurance lawyers. They also have access to legal libraries to do the necessary research where needed as well as access to medical experts who can provide professional testimony. Most important of all, they will explore every option to make sure that you get the maximum compensation you are entitled to. The exact amount of compensation you could receive will depend on a number of factors, with the severity of your injuries and the impact of the injuries on your quality of life being the two most important factors.
When you have the expertise of our personal injury solicitor working on your inadequate training injury claim you never need to worry about any legal expenses until such time that you’ve been awarded compensation. If you have a strong case with sufficient supporting evidence, most solicitors will agree to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This agreement gives you the benefit of receiving expert legal help without any upfront payment. Your solicitor will cover all legal expenses and fees on your behalf while the claim is in progress so you are never out of pocket at any time. You only have to pay if the inadequate training claim is successful and compensation has been received for your injuries.
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