What To Do If You Have Had a Work-Related Accident

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There is nothing worse than falling ill when you’re working, but it’s having an accident at work that can be a problem. When you have an accident, you can be laid off and out of the office for weeks, if not months. If you’ve been in an accident, you need to work out what to do to keep your income moving forward, and if you’re running a company yourself, you’ll be glad to be able to keep it going. 

There are a few things that you should be doing to keep yourself going after you have an accident at work, and we’ve got them listed for you below.

 

  • Get Some Help. If the accident was on the road in a company car and it wasn’t your fault, you need to get some help. It’s not unusual (but it is devastating) for people to have accidents on the road and with the right help from trucking experts, you can identify who damaged your vehicle. Getting the right help can help you to get your finances in order pretty quickly. 
  • Focus On The Injury. Next, you have to work to getting yourself back to full fitness, which means focusing on your injuries. You need to make sure that you have been taken through physiotherapy if necessary, and that if you are at home you are resting so that you can heal and get well faster.
  • Report It. Your accident on the road or in the factory needs to be reported, but not just to the management. You need to report it to your colleagues. They need to know if there is anything in particular that they could be avoiding to avoid the accident happening themselves. If the accident is road related, then they can take car and ensure that the company vehicles are all professionally checked.
  • Add It To The Book. You should always add any work-related accidents to the accident book so that it’s properly recorded according to policy. It’s an important duty and your employer has to record it in the accident book so that it’s on record. If they don’t, you can resign and claim for constructive dismissal. You should always take specialist legal advice before you do this, as you don’t want to find yourself out of a job.
  • Get Legal Advice. Your accident could see you out of a job for a while, and you should be properly recompensed when you are losing income while on the job. There is nothing wrong with taking a break and healing properly, but this could take a very long time. You want to make sure that you can still pay your bills in this time, so make sure that you take the time to call and get the ball rolling with insurance. 

There is nothing that should stop you from getting as much help as possible following an accident. Whether it’s from a job in the office or on the road, you should be safe at work, and that means knowing how to look after yourself when an accident occurs.

Employees: It’s Time To Take A Stand

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As an employee we should feel valued and respected every day that we come into work. But as employee’s we know this isn’t always the case. There are so many things wrong with some companies that make them truly terrible placed to work for. Yet the chances are we put up with everything thrown at us simply because we don’t want to lose our jobs. But this isn’t how things should work. Any workplace should be free of hassle and everyone should have mutual respect for each other. If you’re fed up of some of the things going on in the company you work for, then take a stand!

Discrimination

Discrimination happens in every company in many different ways. It doesn’t necessarily have to be racial discrimination, this is really uncommon now. The discrimination we’re talking about is gender and favoritism. Gender discrimination is still really prominent in the workplace. Often males are chosen for the better roles, or given the better tasks during the day. If it is a mainly male based company then this is likely going to be happening often. But it does work both ways, if the office is mainly women, it is easy for a male to be discriminated. It isn’t right to be spending your days doing the jobs nobody else wants to do. If you’ve got designated job role, take a stand and stick to it all day. Don’t keep saying yes in fear of losing a job. If this did happen you could look into unfair dismissal charges. It can also be the case that with gender discrimination comes wage discrimination, more information of which can be found on this employment law blog. Favoritism is huge in companies all over the world. If you’re the favorite one then lucky you, if not it can make working days so annoying. If you feel someone is getting special treatment, mention it to your manager and try to get it evenly spread out through the office.

Rights

As employees we do have a lot of rights that sometimes aren’t respected. For example, if you work at computers all day, you do have the right to take a 5-10 minute break for every 60 minutes you’re at the computer. This doesn’t necessarily mean a break from working, but you should be able to be away from the computer. You also have the right to fair treatment and respect, which a lot of companies lack. You should come into work and be spoken to with respect like you’d expect in any other walk of life. But once some bosses get the power in their hands, the turn nasty rather than nice. If you feel you’re being spoken to unfairly, just have a word and let them know how you’re feeling. You also have the right to feeling safe in your working environment, again another thing some people don’t feel. If there are continuous hazards you need to report them to your manager, if they’re aware and don’t care, you need to take it further and ask for outside advice on whether a health and safety official can pay a visit to your company.