Can I claim compensation if I have been burned at work due to the negligence of a colleague?
Eoin P. Campbell
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor, Editor in Chief

Question:

Can I claim compensation if I have been burned at work due to the negligence of a colleague?

Answer:

Even though you were burned at work by a colleague, your employer has a legal obligation to provide you with a safe environment in which to work. This includes the training and supervision of your colleague and performing a risk assessment that your colleague is capable of safely fulfilling the task which has been allocated to them.

Furthermore, if you are working in an environment which is hazardous, and where employees are at risk from being burned at work, your employer should advise you of the risks associated with your work and provide you with personal protective equipment to eliminate the risk of a burn injury.

Irrespective of how a burn in the workplace has been acquired, if it is due to any form of negligence you are entitled to claim compensation. Being burned at work can result in all number of physical injuries, and it will be advantageous to you to discuss the specific circumstances surrounding the incident as soon as possible with a solicitor.

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