Safety at work
Phoning in sick
Accidents at work
Unsafe practices (general)
Under Health and Safety law you have a legal right to refuse to do any task that you think may cause you imminent danger. For example, if there is equipment that has frayed wires and is unsafe, you are within your rights to refuse to use it. If they try to make you then you may be able to claim for constructive dismissal.
Certain jobs like filtering and compacting are regarded as dangerous. You do not have to perform them unless you have been properly trained. In the instance of filtering, you do not have to do it unless all the equipment is present and in a functioning state. If the visor is broken, then fuck em, don't do it. It's a pain in the ass job anyway.
Phoning in sick
You have a legal responsibility to stay off work if you have a communicable illness (one folk are likely to catch off you if you go to work). So the next time you phone in sick and they try and force you to come in, remind them they are trying to force you to break the law and are in breach of their legal obligations.
Accidents at workIf you are injured at work or your work is making you sick, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, the courts are unlikely to award you money because your job depresses you and makes you want to hang yourself.
These pages are ‘use at your own risk’! We’re
burger flippers not lawyers and we strongly recommend you consult a
‘no win, no fee’ solicitor before doing anything crazy.
We can also only provide a superficial overview here. More detailed
information on employment law can be found at:
These pages are based on UK and EU law but some of the
information will be relevant in the US and elsewhere. For
information on US employment rights, see:
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