Accidents at work can be bad for anyone; having to take time off work when you can not afford it and worrying about work can be stressful. This can be made worse if you have had an accident at a workplace where you are not a permanent member of staff. However, your employer has the same amount of responsibility to an agency or temporary worker as they do to a permanent member of staff.
So if you have had an accident at work as a non-permanent staff member and it was someone else’s fault, then you may still be able to claim compensation.
If you have had an accident whilst working for an agency, temporary contract or sub-contract, you have the same right to claim as a permanent employee. Employers have a duty of care to everyone who is working for the company, including agency staff. Agency staff must have the adequate site induction when starting at a new company. Agency staff must also have the same level of training as a permanent employee would have, and the same risk assessments must also be carried out.
Accidents at Work for Non-Permanent Staff: Your Employer’s Responsibility
It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe at work. They must make sure you have the correct training and equipment to be able to do your job correctly. Risk assessments must also be carried out, to ensure the job is done safely. Your employer must follow the Health and Safety at work Regulations.
If your employer has not followed the guidelines to keep you safe at work, or has done so incorrectly, you may be able to claim compensation. We understand that you may feel uneasy about claiming against your employer, however all employers must have employer’s liability insurance. This covers the costs of accidents at work. It is the insurance which would pay the compensation, so your employer would not be directly out of pocket.
Industries where non-permanent staff members are common include construction sites, warehouses and production. All of these industries can be dangerous, and require risk assessments. Risk assessments are vital in ensuring that accidents do not happen. The employer is responsible for completing risk assessments. This makes sure that all employees who undertake the job do so safely.
During a risk assessment, your employer takes into consideration factors such as; training needs, the amount of people required to lift the object safely if it is manual handling, how many people are needed to do the job safely, the safety of the equipment being used (if any) and if there are any specific needs to the job, for example machinery or protective clothing.
How We Can Help with Accidents at Work for Non-Permanent Staff
Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of accident at work claims. This includes claiming if you have had an accident as a non-permanent staff member. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.