Inadequate Training Injury Claim
There are many tasks in the UK’s workplace that should not be carried out without first receiving the proper training. Some of these are obviously skilled tasks, such as driving a forklift or operating other kinds of machinery. Others are deceptively simple. Heavy lifting, for instance, seems like an unskilled task but it can easily result in injury if carried out improperly, meaning that people should still receive training before being required to carry it out in the workplace.
When workers are required to do tasks that they don’t have the proper training for, accidents and injuries can result. Most often, it is the employee carrying out the task who will be injured but in some cases accidents caused by improper training can lead to bystanders becoming injured. For this reason, strict laws exist to make sure employers do not require their employees to carry out tasks for which they do not have the necessary training.
Inadequate Training Injuries
Where machinery and potentially dangerous equipment is involved, both the need for training and the risk of accidents caused by inadequate training are probably the most evident. Many machines and tools pose a very real danger to the operator if they are not used properly or if the necessary safety protocols are not observed while they are being used. The kinds of machinery and tool that are used in different workplaces are varied, so the types of inadequate training injuries that can take place are also varied. Examples of the kind of injuries caused range from serious bruising caused by blunt force to broken bones, crushing of parts of the body, and severe lacerations. Often, a large part of the training that is required to use this kind of equipment deals not just with the technicalities of how to operate it but with the safety steps that should be taken to avoid these injuries, so there is a high risk of accidents taking place in workplaces where employees have not properly received this training.
In some cases, the risk is not just to the user but to others nearby. This is especially true in the case of mobile equipment. Forklifts and other vehicles are a prime example. If an unqualified and improperly trained person where to drive a forklift, there would be a high risk of a pedestrian becoming injured because the driver would now be familiar with the proper safety practices and protocols for driving the forklift in an area where there is also foot traffic or for ensuring that loads are handled safely and properly.
A good example of a seemingly simple activity where training is still required is heavy lifting. A lot of accidents and injuries in the workplace caused by improper training relate to people being required to lift and move heavy loads. It seems like a very straightforward task and the associated training tends to be brief, leading some employers to be tempted to skip the training process and think that it doesn’t really matter so much. However, improper lifting practices such as relying too heavily on the back muscles, twisting the body while lifting a heavy load, or overreaching with a heavy load while on a ladder can very easily result in people becoming injured.
Claiming Compensation for Injuries Caused by Inadequate Training
Employers have a duty of care over their employees, and are under a strict legal responsibility to minimise the risk of accidents in the workplace. This includes accidents caused by lack of training, and no employee should be required to carry out duties for which they have not been fully and properly trained. If an employer has demanded that a duty be carried out by you or someone else who has not had the training they should have done, and if this has caused you to be injured through no fault of your own, then you may well be entitled to compensation.
The team of legal specialists at CompensationClaims.co are all highly trained in what they do, and they specialise in helping ordinary people make successful claims for the compensation they are entitled to under law. If your claim is not successful, you won’t be charged a fee. To find out more about making a claim, call us on 0161 447 9193.