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New staff twice as likely to have accidents at work

It is recognized that new employees working for a firm or company are much more likely to suffer an accident at work compared to an employee who has been working for a firm or company for a number of years.

Figures published by the government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that employees who have been with a firm or company less than six months are twice as likely to suffer a serious injury due to an accident at work of the type that has to be reported to the HSE, compared to employees who have been with the firm for more than six months.

Therefore, a new employee’s initial months with a company are very important from the viewpoint of health and safety. Simple steps can be taken to prevent accidents, such as having a proper induction course for new starters. Supervision is also very important for new employees. However, managers or supervisors should also check that existing employees are working in accordance with safety control measures that are in place, and to ensure that new starters do not pick up any “bad habits”.

The law, such as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, requires that all employees should be provided with the safety information and training that is needed to safely carry out the work tasks.

The safety measures mentioned above appear to be quite basic, however the statistics for accidents at work show that unfortunately there are still too many accidents occurring, and that new employees are especially vulnerable.

Have you been involved in an accident at work?

If you have been unfortunate enough to have suffered an accident whilst at work, you could be entitled to compensation.

Contact us today on to talk to one of our friendly claim advisors to see if you could make a claim.