Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees’ health, safety and welfare whilst at work. They have a duty to provide suitable training, protective equipment, clothing, safety procedures and security to all employees. When an injury occurs there should be a strict procedure and reporting process in place too.

In 2015/16 an estimated 621,000 people in the UK sustained injuries in the workplace according to the Labour Force Survey. Of those injured workers over 150,000 of them were then unable to work for more than 7 days.

Accidents at work can include slips, trips, machinery-caused injuries, chemical induced injuries, falls from height (such as scaffolding or ladders), being hit by falling or moving objects and physical assault. They can also include injuries caused by animals, electricity, fire, explosions or from repetitive working practices (Repetitive Strain Injury).


Accidents at work happen regardless of your occupation or the industry that you work in – whether you work in an office, factory or building site.


If there has been a breach of duty by an employer which leads to an injury in the workplace then you could have the right to make a claim and seek compensation.


Lamb Brooks recently represented a client, Mr A*, who fell whilst clearing a flat roof and coating it in insulation and EPDM coating. Mr A had already cleared 4 pieces of plywood from the roof and as he picked up a further 2 pieces, he fell through a hole that was being covered by the said plywood. Mr A fell 6 metres landing heavily onto a sheet of plywood and sustaining fractures to his spine. As a result of his injuries, Mr A was unable to return to his occupation as a Roofer and was only fit for light industrial work and semi-sedentary work only. We secured a settlement of £125,000.00.

All claims need to be made within 3 years from the date of the incident. For further information or to see if Lamb Brooks can handle your case on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, then please call Clare Galvani, Litigation Executive on 01256 844888 or email enquiries@lambbrooks.com.

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.