British workers 'shy away' from standing up for their rights
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
British workers are reluctant to claim against injuries sustained in the workplace, perhaps because of a lack of warning signs, despite the large number of injuries occurring every year, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has said.
A study commissioned by the organisation of 1,151 adults living in the UK reveals that a quarter would not make a claim if they suffered a serious injury while using faulty or unsuitable equipment while working, despite 120,000 injuries reported in the workplace in the last year.
Muiris Lyons, president of the not-for-profit APIL, said there was a real reluctance among workers to claim despite many injuries happening that are no fault of their own.
"Most employees will have built a rapport with their employer over a period of time and if a case of negligence occurs in the workplace, some individuals could feel embarrassed or think that there may be a stigma attached if they are seen making a claim against their employer," Lyons said.
"Some may fear that if they make a claim, their career may be put at risk or that they might be looked upon as a troublemaker," she explained.
She added that people are perfectly right to claim if they are injured through employee negligence, saying that it is an employer's responsibility to ensure employees are safe at work.
According to provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive, 152 workers died at work in 2009/10.
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