Personal injury claims for inadequate training in the workplace are very commonplace.

Every employer has a responsibility to an employee to provide adequate training to the employee where necessary and an employer must make an employee aware of the various methods of working safely in order to avoid personal injuries in the workplace.  

If you have suffered an injury in the workplace and you are of the opinion that the training provided was not adequate or that the supervision was not adequate, then you should speak to a Solicitor with a view to taking a personal injuries claim against your employer for inadequate training.

There are so many different examples that we could give of the types of training required in the workplace ranging from hospital to construction sites to schools, public places, offices, factories and every workplace where there should be processes and systems in place in order to avoid personal injuries as much as possible.

Your employer owes a duty of care towards you to keep you safe in the workplace and your employer must do the following:

  • Your employer must provide frequent training and that training should be refreshed every so often to reinforce the previous skills learned and to teach new skills where appropriate.
  • Your employer must make sure that the management within your company or office or workplace continuously reinforces the necessity to follow correct safety procedures.
  • Your employer should make a detailed assessment of employees’ abilities.
  • An employer should protect vulnerable employees in the workplace.  A good example of a vulnerable employee would be a pregnant woman, a very young person or a temporary worker who would generally be inexperienced.

If you have not received proper training in the workplace and you have suffered an injury as a result then you are entitled to compensation provided the employer was obliged to provide you with adequate training to avoid that injury.

Your Solicitor will be able to advise you about the strengths and weaknesses of any claim that you can bring.

Typical injuries which arise from inadequate training in the workplace would include back injuries, trips and slips and falls, broken bones and strain injuries.

When an employee is working in an environment where falls are most likely, then an employee should be trained how to fall correctly in order to minimise the possibility of injuries.

If an employer neglects their duty to provide proper training and adequate training to an employee which results in a personal injury and inconvenience, loss, medical expenses, loss of earnings or pain and suffering, then you should explore the possibility of taking a claim.

THE CLAIMS PROCESS

Sinnott Solicitors will explain the process thoroughly to you from beginning to end and we will ensure that you will receive the maximum compensation available for you in the event that you sustain an injury in the workplace as a result of inadequate training.

>> Read our comprehensive guide to the procedure for taking a workplace injury claim here

Inadequate Training Compensation Claim: Sheila’s Story

Sheila worked in a nursing home for a period of two and a half years and had worked in the convalescent part of the home where people went to recover after various operations.

Sheila was subsequently moved to a different part of the nursing home which catered for patients which were much less mobile and far more ill than the patients that she previously cared for.

As part of the work, Sheila was required to use a hoist in order to lift patients.  The hoist was electronically operated and it required a good deal of knowhow in order to lift the patient from the bed properly without injuring the employee or the patient.

Unfortunately Sheila sustained a very serious back and hip injury when she was lifting a patient from the bed whilst using the hoist.

Sheila fell to the ground in order to save the impact for the patient causing Sheila significant bruising to her lower back and hip area.  It took Sheila approximately one year to recover fully from the accident and it was quite clear that Sheila did not receive any training whatsoever to use the hoist and was expected to use the hoist without any training whilst working alone.

We settled Sheila’s case for the sum of €58,000 plus €16,000 for loss of earnings and we obtained a very significant contribution towards Sheila’s legal costs.

There are many many examples of inadequate training in the workplace which would include the use of machinery, lifting heavy objects, driving vehicles and working at a height.  The examples are too numerous to mention but if inadequate training is involved and an injury happens as a result, then you will more than likely have a good claim against your employer.