Personal injury news
Work accidents may increase due to hot weather
Unions have given warnings to employers that they could face a spate of work accidents in the hot
The high temperatures the UK has been experiencing in recent weeks have caused much discomfort
to workers across the country, especially those who do not have air conditioned offices.
Although there is no maximum temperature that must not be exceeded in the workplace, under the
1992 Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, employers must keep the temperature
Work accidents are thought to be more common in hot weather and workers may be able to claim personal injury compensation if they feel unwell or pass out through the heat.
The TUC is active in preventing work accidents that happen due to the hot weather, with its General
Secretary Brendan Barber saying:
"Whilst most sensible employers will be doing their utmost to keep their staff cool in the oppressive
heat, there will always be some too mean to do anything to bring their office or shop temperatures
"Bosses who fail to adopt the 'cool work' approach risk damaging their firms' productivity as their
employees wilt in the heat. They also increase their chances of ending up in court because someone
has fallen ill or had an accident because it got too hot."