Under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005, the employer’s duty is to ensure the safety of employees and in particular:
- to provide by management and action, safety at work;
- to provide by management and action that improper conduct does not occur;
- to provide a safe place of work;
- to provide safe plant or equipment;
- to provide safe a safe system of work;
- to provide safety information, instruction, training and supervision to employees;
- to make a risk assessment and to implement measures to protect workers from those risks;
- to provide protective clothing or equipment where hazards cannot be completely eliminated;
- to make emergency plans; and revise them as required;
- to guard against hazards of particular articles or substances;
- to provide welfare facilities and maintain them;
- to provide a competent person to ensure safety and health at work of his employees
* 149. (1) A legal practitioner shall not charge any amount in respect of legal costs if—
(a) they are legal costs in connection with contentious business expressed as a specified percentage or proportion of any damages (or other moneys) that may be or become payable to his or her client, other than in relation to a matter seeking only to recover a debt or liquidated demand, or
(b) they purport to set the legal costs to be charged to a junior counsel as a specified percentage or proportion of the legal costs paid to a Senior Counsel.
(2) A legal practitioner shall not, without the prior written agreement of his or her client, deduct or appropriate any amount in respect of legal costs from the amount of any damages or moneys that become payable to the client in respect of legal services that the legal practitioner provided to the client.
*Compensation can be claimed for both the initial injury and for ongoing disability, together with compensation for any disadvantage on the labour market caused by permanent injury. In addition actual financial losses caused as a result of an *accident at work can also be claimed.