If you are the owner of a business, you must know of the many things that could go wrong on a daily basis within the office environment. From minor accidents to major accidents, your employees and staff are put in harm’s way every day due to the functions that they perform. Some of the accidents that could take place may be accidents that you could never predict such as a nail or screw getting loose in a chair causing one of your staff to have a major fall and injure their spine.
Protecting yourself against lawsuits
There are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself and your company against such lawsuits. Of course, the first and most important thing you will need to do is to prevent such an incident or occurrence from happening. In order to do this, you will need to make sure that you hire an OHS consultant or a health and safety consultant as they are better known, to come in and evaluate your office from time to time to make sure that everything in your office is safe and in order. You may not be able to freak every accident and freak accidents may still occur but hiring a consultant will prevent your staff from having to encounter any predictable accidents at which time the lawsuit will be bigger and you will have a much higher chance of losing.
As a company, you will be expected to meet certain standards such as the ISO 14001 Brisbane standard or another standard depending on the type of business you run. This is another thing a consultant will be able to ensure for you.
There could be predictable accidents that could take place such as falling off a ladder in a construction job. The truth of the matter is that hundreds of things can happen every day irrespective of whether the company is directly to blame for the accident or not were completely predictable. If the accident happens within your office premises or during working hours while the employee is completing his official duties, the company will be liable to pay for your employees’ hospital and medical bills.
In some cases, if an agreement has not been signed prior and if the employee has not been warned in writing about such things that could occur, the employee may even sue the company for everything it is worth if the damage caused is severe and this is especially true if the employee is no longer able to work and earn a living due to the injury.