Accident At Work - Who's In Charge, You, Or The Company?Written by Mohammad Latif
An accident at work is impossible to avoid! If it happens, it happens. It's something you didn't plan and it's an incident you have to live with. There's over 70% of population working on business premises, if not, it's business transports. So be warned now as accidents never sleep.
Work accidents are not common as there is a huge impact from Health and Safety. Checks are carried out periodically to ensure a workplace is free from hazards, to prevent accidents. If however, they do occur, cause of accident is investigated and future prevention is carried out. So there is always a big helping hand from Health and Safety Standards.
If an accident at work does occur, it's embarrassing. Colleagues can't believe it happened to you and become more precautious with their role. They feel sorry for you for now, not being able to competently complete your role. So they give you a hand. Initially there's remorse all around... it becomes an understanding culture.
After a while it becomes a pain, especially for your colleagues who keep putting a halt to their job to help you. Frustration arises and in their heads they'll be thinking. 'Now he's taking ****!' But you're NOT. You are one that had accident at work and your body welcomes injuries in different ways to others. After a while tension gathers in atmosphere and by now you're reported to supervisor and disciplinary action is just round corner.
You feel let down. In a workplace environment, business is business, no matter who you are. You have your own targets and deadlines to achieve. If they're not met, you will jeopardise your position. This is game for any business. Each worker has a family to feed, so they need work to fulfil that criteria.
Also an accident at work can possibly jeopardise your position. It could prevent you from carry out your 'full' responsibility. Initially everybody understands, but after a while they'll be thinking 'it was only a small fall'. But only you know it wasn't just a small fall. It's not only made an adjustment to your working life, it also messed up your social and family life. You can't sleep, shower properly, play sports or even have sex. But only you see that side of picture, your colleagues don't. They only see you at work.
Back to your working life... over time, supervisor now reports you to person above and you're just waiting for your name to be called to see manager. Now it's going to hit you. You're either, get laid off, get demoted, or transferred to another department. This is where it hurts most. The managers can't do anything but take necessary actions to ensure your position is 'fully' meeting its targets.
But he's your best friend... so, it's not his company and even if your best friend doesn't take action against you, someone above his ranking will take action against him. So either way something will happen to your role. Remember, if a business does not fulfil its role to provide product and services to its' buyers or users, then definition of business is not fulfilled.
Defective Product Lawyer Says: Buyer Be AwareWritten by Anna Henningsgaard
In past, rule of day was “buyer beware”. It was up to consumers to inform and protect themselves from irresponsible companies and dangerous products. Current law, however, is just opposite. Now companies are legally required to provide reasonably safe products. If companies produce dangerous or defective products, consumers can sue them for injuries suffered as a result. Strict product liability makes everyone in production process, from component manufacturers to distributors, responsible for safety of product. This makes safe products a priority for both consumers and producers, which should be ideal situation.
However, mere existence of this law has not completely protected consumers from dangerous products. Often companies are not careful and let defective products slip through production line, or they compromise safety of their product to reduce costs. Defective products reach shelves every day, where they can hurt consumers. When these products injure you, it is important to find a lawyer and pursue company, both to claim repayment you deserve and to protect other consumers from defective product.
A product does not even have to be defective for its manufacturer to be liable under product liability law. If a product is merely unsafe to consumers, every company affiliated with production, distribution, and retail of that product can be held responsible. There are four different ways to legally establish product liability for defective or dangerous products: negligence, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, and strict liability.
A company is considered negligent when it is responsible for providing a standard of safety and does not do so. This includes inaction as well as careless and intentionally dangerous practices. Breach of warranty occurs when a product fails to carry out claims of a seller. Companies are obligated to fulfill any promises made to customers. Misrepresentation refers to expectations consumers hold from a products advertising and promotion. If consumers are lead to believe, through advertising, that a product is safer than it really is, product has been misrepresented. Finally, strict liability assigns responsibility for safety to every step of production and distribution process. If a product is defective and defect injures a consumer, company is strictly liable and responsible for injury regardless of fault or intent.