What Role Does Your Union Play?
An employment unions primary goal is to keep it’s members safe and ensure that work related accidents and illnesses don’t take place.
It is your employer’s duty to ensure that all sharp objects are stored away safely, and all surfaces and floors must be under a regular inspection and cleaning system, to prevent any slips trips and falls. Employers should also ensure that all employees are fully trained to use the equipment required, and trainees are assisted at all times. Your employer must also be aware of any problems between colleagues, and have solutions to these problems in place, to minimise the risk of violence and assault at work.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents do happen and employment unions are also able to provide help and support to anyone who has suffered a personal injury in the workplace. We have worked with some of the top trade unions in the current to help your claim go more smoothly.
Common causes of accidents in the workplace include:
- Negligence of work colleagues
- Faulty equipment
- Manual handling
- Slips and trips
- Travelling in a work vehicle
- Unsafe working methods
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If you are a member of a trade union you can still claim compensation for any injuries you sustain in the workplace. However, you could potentially have more choice with regards to financing your claim for compensation so speak to your trade union representative now for more information.
If you are involved in a workplace accident, you should:
- Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible
- Record it in the accident book
- Make a detailed note of how your accident occurred and take photographs of the scene if you can
- Take down the names and contact information of any witnesses