Employees assaulted at work by management, customers, patients or colleagues may be entitled to compensation.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the UK body responsible for governing health and safety in the workplace. According to the HSE, your employer is legally obliged to take reasonable steps to protect you from harm.
Employer’s have a duty of care to look after their employees’ health and safety, taking steps to reduce the chances of an assault at work. These steps include making sure that any risks to employee health and safety are removed or reduced as far as reasonably possible. If an employee is injured at work due to another person’s negligence, the employer may be liable for damages suffered by that employee.
The duty of care does not just rest with employers however; it also lies with workers themselves, who have a responsibility for their own wellbeing while at work, even if they’re not directly responsible for removing any risks from the workplace. Employees should be aware of areas where there might be particular hazards and an increased risk of being assaulted at work. Employees should take extra precautions around them until those risks can reasonably be eliminated by management action or personal protective equipment. It’s also important for employees to report instances of assault when they occur so other staff members can avoid similar situations in future.