At OBM solicitors we have extensive experience and expertise in dealing with personal injury claims for workplace injuries. Such accidents are commonplace and can occur in any work environment from office buildings to farms and factories. Employers are subject to strict legislation in this area under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. Any breaches of this health and safety legislation can result in substantial fines and penalties for the party at fault.
Your employer is obligated under health and safety laws to provide you with a safe place to work, a safe system to work within, and with coworkers who are appropriately trained to work in their area of employment. For example, if a machinery operator does not have sufficient training from the employer and this causes injury to a coworker, that worker can pursue a personal injury claim to receive compensation for any injuries incurred as a result.
They must also ensure you have the proper equipment required to perform your work. If you have an accident at work and suffer an injury as a result of this accident, you may be entitled to compensation through the PIAB (Personal Injuries Board). Of course, this is under the condition that you were not personally at fault for your injury.
It’s imperative to get in touch with a trusted legal adviser here at OBM as soon as possible if you feel you have an accident at work claim. Our experienced personal injury team will take time to review your case and the merits of your claim before advising whether you are entitled to compensation for your accident. Should you decide to pursue the case, we will help you to file a claim to receive the rightful compensation you deserve.
What are the main causes of accidents in the workplace?
The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) reports that manual handling, slips/trips, and falls have topped the list of workplace accidents since 2016. You’ve likely slipped at some point at work and thought nothing of it if you didn’t sustain an injury, however the outcome can be much worse if you’re not lucky. Slips are usually caused by unattended spillages on the floor and trips are frequently a result of poor housekeeping leading to disarray, e.g. that box you tripped over that was meant to be put away. These instances can be minor if you fall on level ground, however if the accident occurs from a height such as a roof or stairs, it can cause significant injury and even death.
The HSA report noted a total of 107 non-fatal accidents and an unfortunate 53 fatalities in 2020. Whilst this figure is dropping, the goal is to continue to reduce it even further with appropriate policies in place.
Slips and falls can happen at any time and can also be caused by:
Other common causes of accidents in the workplace in Ireland include:
Whilst the many common workplace accidents fortunately aren’t too serious, you should never be put in danger at all to begin with. If your employer has not taken all reasonable steps to prevent these accidents from occurring, you may have a case for claiming occupational injury.
Can I claim for an accident at work?
If your workplace accident was not your fault, you are entitled to seek reasonable compensation for the injuries incurred. Your personal solicitor at OBM can discuss this with you to determine where the fault may lie and advise on the next steps.
Injured employees may also be entitled to compensation for ongoing emotional pain and suffering, lost earnings, and financial expenses such as:
There are legal time limits regarding how long you have to submit your claim and these can vary depending on the case. However, even if your workplace injury took place over 12 months ago it’s likely that you can still proceed with pursuing compensation. The general rule when filing for a workplace injury is that you have two years from the date the accident occurred or the date of knowledge of the accident to make your compensation claim.
How to claim for an accident at work
If you have experienced an accident in the workplace, take the following steps to ensure you can claim any compensation you may be entitled to.
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