Accidents at Work: Sickpay and Your Rights

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How many people are killed at work every year in the united kingdom due to accidents in the workplace? Whether you’re a Plumber, Joiner, or an Office worker, an accident at work is terrible. Each year in the UK, almost 1 million people suffer from a work-related illness or injury.

If it happens to you, you need to know your rights for accidents at work and sickpay.Accidents at Work Sickpay and Your Rights

Firstly, your employer has a duty of care. No one should accept dirty premises, a lack of amenities, or a poor workspace, for example. Many employees know this already. Yet, still many employees take Health & Safety for granted, or many aren’t even aware of their employer’s responsibility.

An employer has a legal obligation. Especially to record accidents at work or incidents, pay statutory sick pay, and allow time off for personal injury or illness.

Under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation), an employer has a duty to report dangerous incidents, work-related accidents and diseases to its local authority.

In the last couple of years the number of people suffering from a work related illness has increased. In 2014 is was 1.1 million.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) figures between 2015/16:

1.3 million working people suffered a work-related illness

2,515 mesothelioma deaths due to asbestos exposures (2014)

144 workers killed at work

72,702 other injuries reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995)

621,000 work injuries occurred according to the Labour Force Survey

£14.1 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2014/15)

If you have an accident at work:

Report it. All incidents and accidents at work should be recorded an accident book. There is an obligation on every employer in England and Wales to report them. This is to protect employees rights in case a person needs to take time off due to accident or injury, or as evidence in the need to make a compensation claim.

By this accident policy it can prevent corruption, and encourages employers to improve things in their business. They are responsible for conducting risk assessments.

Sick Pay

In depends on what scheme and/or benefits your employer offers in terms of sick pay. Employers differ from business to business across England and Wales. However, should you require time off because of an accident at work, you only have the right to Statutory Sick Pay.


If you’ve been injured in an accident at work you may want to make a personal injury claim for compensation. A claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident. If you belong to a trade union like Unison or GMB, they offer legal services as part of their annual subscription fees.

We offer legal services including a free consultation, and will take your case on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.