Categories of health and social care activities where injuries could occur
Health and Social Care can be categorised into three main industry groups:
- Human health activities – Hospitals, medical departments, dental practices and other health activities such as speech therapy, chiropody and homeopathy fall within this group.
- Residential care activities – Those involved in the provision of residential care combined with nursing, supervisory or other care services as required by the residents.
- Social care activities – Those who provide social assistance services directly to individuals without providing accommodation for individuals fall within this category.
Emergency service employees such as firemen, coast guards, policemen, mountain rescue and paramedics appreciate that their work can put them into dangerous situations. However, the emergency services employer still has a duty of care (like any other employer) to ensure that their employees are reasonably protected from foreseeable harm and illness.
If a fireman, policeman, paramedic or another type of emergency service worker has been injured during the course of their employment; and the employer failed to take adequate steps to protect them from harm then our accident at work and trade union lawyers may be able to help bring a claim for compensation. Adequate steps may include the provision of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), training or processes ensuring safe systems of work.
If you work in the health and social care or emergency services sector and consider that your employer or a third party has caused you an injury or illness, then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation.
Needlestick or sharps injuries
Needlestick or sharps injuries are a significant risk to those working in the health and social care sector; for both those who directly handle sharps and those who may be exposed to a risk of injury if medical instruments are not appropriately stored or disposed of.
Sharps include needles, blades, syringes, scalpels and other types of medical instruments used for carrying out healthcare work and can cause cutting or pricking injuries to the skin.