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Preventing work accidents

There are a number of pieces of legislation (Acts) and statutory instruments (Regulations) in place to protect workers and to prevent accidents at work. Most workers have heard of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, but many sectors of employment have specialised rules and policies to keep workers safe and prevent work accident claims.

Acts enforced by the Health and Safety Executive

The HSE has the power to prosecute firms under a number of pieces of legislation. Most work sectors which employ people to work in hazardous conditions or with dangerous machinery, processes or substances will obviously have legislation provided to protect workers, such as the Agriculture (Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions) Act 1956 and the Factories Act 1961, but there are some slightly more obscure Acts which provide health and safety laws for workers in more niche areas of employment. For example:

A full list is available from the HSE by clicking here

Regulations (Statutory instruments) enforced by HSE and local authorities

The list of regulations which, if breached, can result in a prosecution is extremely long and covers myriad work environments, employment sectors and situations within industry and employment.

Many workers will have heard of some of these statutory instruments, such as the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and CoSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (and Amendments), but there are a number of much more obscure statutory instruments which employers must be aware of if they employ staff to work in a related area. For example:

A full list is available here.

There are also a number of HSE publications available so that employers and employees can understand and effectively interpret the law. All publications are available to buy from the HSE website and many are available free of charge in the form of downloadable PDFs.

A full list of legal publications is available here.

Talk to George Ide if you have suffered an accident at work

If you feel that you are eligible to make a work accident claim because your employer has breached relevant health and safety laws and regulations, why not talk to George Ide’s highly experienced accident claim solicitors in Chichester.

We will listen sensitively to your circumstances and then advise you as to your best course of action. Where necessary, and always for the most catastrophic work injuries, we will organise an independent case manager who will liaise with you and George Ide’s solicitors to ensure you not only get suitable interim funds and maximum compensation, but also that you get the most suitable treatments, rehabilitation care and access to non-legal services to help you cope after an accident at work.

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