Many people experience back pain on a daily basis, but most people don’t realise that if their back pain is being caused or contributed to by the failure of their employer to comply with Health and Safety legislation they may well be entitled to claim compensation
Back injuries can have the most serious repercussions for your ability to work and enjoy your life and should be taken very seriously.
Here at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors in Ennis, we are experienced in dealing with personal injury and work-related injury claims, and we will be able to advise you on whether or not you have a case for claiming compensation. Sometimes, an injury at work can have lifelong consequences and can result in very substantial amounts of compensation being awarded.
Back Injury: When Is An Employer At Fault?
Your employer is bound by law to provide a safe working environment that will help to prevent accidents and injuries wherever possible. They must ensure that the following protocols are observed:
• Any premises where work is carried out must be safe and free from hazards, unless these are unavoidable in the industry in question, in which case they must be clearly marked.
• All equipment and machinery provided for employees to use, must be in good condition and should be appropriate for the nature of the work. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must be up to date, and should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the required standards. As an employee, you must ensure that your own equipment complies with the appropriate standards each time you use it. If it does not you should make a complaint to your supervisor or employer.
• Appropriate and thorough training must be given to all employees, for every element of the work they carry out. Adequate training must be given on all machinery, for example, and no employee should carry out a task they have not been trained to do. This includes training in lifting and manual handling of objects, if this is part of your job.
• Regular breaks must be given throughout periods of work, and as an employee, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit for work. The above list is far from exhaustive but it does give an indication of what your employer is legally obliged to do in order to protect you while working.
Find Personal Injury Solicitors in Ennis
If you have experienced a back injury that may have resulted from a breach in one of the above protocols, you should discuss your case with an experienced personal injury solicitor to find out whether you can make a claim for personal injury*.
Contact S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors for a consultation without obligation. Simply call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.