The heat is on with accident at work compensation claims
Illness and personal injury associated with temperature in the workplace could lead to accident at work compensation claims. There are health and safety laws in place to protect employees from having to work in extreme temperatures as a cold workplace could cause circulatory problems or chilblains and an overheated workplace could lead to heat stress.
While the law concerning maximum workplace temperature is not too clear the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance publication, Thermal Comfort in the Workplace states, "An acceptable zone of thermal comfort for most people in the UK lies roughly between 13°C (56°F) and 30°C (86°F), with acceptable temperatures for more strenuous work activities concentrated towards the bottom end of the range, and more sedentary activities towards the higher end."
There are certain guidelines that your employer is obliged to follow if you work inside and these include providing:
- A reasonable working temperature in all workrooms
- Local heating or cooling where a comfortable temperature cannot be maintained throughout each workroom
- Thermal clothing and rest facilities where needed
- Heating systems which do not give off dangerous or offensive levels of fume into the workplace
- Sufficient space in rooms where work takes place
Failure for them to maintain these conditions could mean that you are eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. However, the first step towards this is to make your grievance known to your employer so that they may take action to improve your comfort in the workplace. This can be a daunting so rather than approaching your employer direct you may wish to report the issue to your Trade Union, Local Authority Office or local HSE office.
In the event that your employer does not attempt to make any concession towards improving your comfort, you may be entitled to seek out a personal injury solicitor and make an accident at work compensation claim against your employer.
It is also important that workers take care if they are required to work outside. The sun can cause serious burn injuries and workers should take more regular rest breaks in the shade whenever possible and try to avoid working out of doors 12.00-15.00.
Make an accident at work compensation claim
If you have been involved in a work accident that wasn't your fault or you have sustained personal injury in some other way through no fault of your own, then we may be able to help you make an accident at work compensation claim.
Don't be concerned about making a claim against your employer, if you have sustained personal injury as a result of your employer's negligence then you are well within your rights to make a no win fee compensation claim.
The Claim Solicitors have helped thousands of people to claim the compensation that they rightly deserve and we can help you too.
We work under the no win no fee basis, which means that you can make a claim safe in the knowledge that you don't have to pay any up front costs. What's more, you don't have to pay any legal fees in the event your claim is unsuccessful.
To make a compensation claim under the representation of one of our personal injury solicitors either contact us by email and chat to us via e-chat, leave an urgent call back request or fill out a claim assessment form. Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 197 32 32 and make an accident at work compensation claim today.