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Accidents in the workplace can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. The first thing to do is notify your employer of the accident. Do not feel that reporting the accident would hurt your company – your employer is responsible for your safety and legally bound to be so. Immediately reporting the accident to your employer will also help them curtail such accidents in future by adopting proper safety precautions.
If the employer is not convinced with your explanation you could ask witnesses to verify your story with your employer. The witnesses in this case would most probably be your fellow employees and colleagues. It is highly important for employers to take heed of the events imparted by the employees in case of an accident at work. Remember you have legal rights to protect you in such situations.
The employer is legally bound to report about any accidents in the workplace to the Incident Contact Centre of the HSE, depending on the type of accident. As your employer is responsible for reporting to the HSE, you should always check to see whether this has been done.
It is usual practice for businesses to hold an accident book. It is vital to ensure that any accidents, their cause and the subsequent injury symptoms are recorded. When verified against medical records, it provides important proof that an accident has happened. Where possible, you should sign the accident book entry (once you are certain that it is recorded accurately) and obtain a copy of the report.
Accident book entries provide a solid piece of evidence in making a claim for compensation, but it is also possible to make a claim if there is no record of the accident.