In order for an incident to be considered an accident at work, it is necessary to establish its connection with work. In this respect, no serious doubt is raised with respect to an accident suffered by an employee in the performance of his or her duties. However, in some cases, the accident report refers to an accident that occurred in circumstances not directly related to the employee’s performance of his or her work, for example during a staff social event. To properly classify such accident, it is necessary to determine whether the event was work-related.Continue reading “Accident at work – and what’s next: The link between accident and work”
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A variety of circumstances may cause a workplace accident. It is important to properly determine the cause of an accident, because only an event that had an external cause may be deemed a work accident.
An external cause of an accident has a very broad definition. It may be the operation of a workplace machine or tool, or the behaviour of another person, or of the injured person himself. A workplace accident may even be caused by the employee tripping, or his unfortunate reflex action that led to a fall and the injury.Continue reading “Accident at work – and what next: Can a heart attack be an accident at work?”
Based on internal regulations or the provisions of the so-called anti-crisis shield, many employers have decided to instruct employees to perform remote work. Until now, employers have rarely used this form of work, so this is a serious challenge for them. This concerns not only organising remote work, but also providing employees with safe conditions for performing it in their place of residence. One of the difficulties that employers should take into account is the possibility of work-related accidents.Continue reading “An accident at work – what next? Work accidents during remote work”
An accident at work has far-reaching consequences for an employer. An accident procedure must be initiated in which the accident investigation team examines the circumstances and causes of the accident, then includes their findings in an accident report. The labour inspector and public prosecutor must also be informed of any fatal, serious or collective accident. The labour inspector may initiate an inspection at the workplace and the public prosecutor may initiate criminal proceedings to investigate the accident.Continue reading “Accident at work – and what next: When to appoint an accident investigation team?”