We realise you may find it hard to tell if anybody was at fault for your accident, particularly if your accident was the result of repetitive movements or repeated practices over time.
While each case varies, if you’ve had an accident at work because of unsafe practices, a lack of training or a lack of support then your employer may be at fault for your accident.
For example, you may not have been given the correct training on how to use equipment and carry out your job safely, or you might have been left to a work on a task that should have taken two or more people.
When you sign a contract of employment with your employer, they become legally obligated to keep you safe from harm at work. To do this they must take all reasonable precautions to make sure you’re not injured in the workplace from any task they give or equipment they provide for you.
If they fail to uphold this duty of care, then they may be responsible for your accident. Some examples of when your employer may have failed to uphold their duty to you as a carer are:
- Not providing training on how to lift, move or help a care home’s service users
- Not providing the correct equipment for you to safely care for a service user
- Failing to have the correct staff numbers for a shift or activity
- Failing to maintain and regularly check equipment
- Not providing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)