Protecting Yourself as You Get Older at Work

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Posted on: 01 July 2015 by Pano Savvidis

Staying safe in the workplace is important for employees of all ages but as we get older it becomes even more imperative. More risks are often attached to workers nearing their retirement years. Being adequately protected in both the case of health and employment hazards will put your mind at ease while working.

Staying safe in the workplace is important for employees of all ages but as we get older it becomes even more imperative. More risks are often attached to workers nearing their retirement years. These could be health problems or the opportunity to leave the position, both of which affect them and the employer.

Being adequately protected in both the case of health and employment hazards will put your mind at ease while working. There are regularly cases about older workers coming under threat due to their age and there are a few ways to best avoid this happening, or be in a better situation if it does, for you.   

Know Your Rights

When you start a new job, and even during your current one, the employer has a duty to provide you with everything to complete your work safely and to the required standard. All the appropriate equipment, whether a computer or forklift truck, should be supplied along with training courses where necessary.

It is also helpful to know your legal rights when it comes to age related problems cropping up at work. The Equality Act 2010 was updated to provide further protection against age discrimination in the workplace. If you feel vulnerable in certain situations then checking your rights should help you feel secure in the event of a problem.    

Document Everything

One of the many benefits of the internet and email communication is that everything can be easily recorded and saved. For those who feel under threat or that they are being discriminated against in one way or another, keeping a paper trail of important emails and other documents is advised.

Save all your emails with colleagues or managers and print off any extremely important ones as they will prove incredibly useful further down the line. Also be careful that any emails you send don’t contain information which could be harmful and come back to haunt you. Doing your best and completing all work to the best standard in the first place is the best way to protect yourself.   

Make a Claim

If the worst does happen and you have an accident or are involved in an age discrimination case then you have two options. One is to ignore it, carry on as usual and suffer the consequences. The other is to stand up for yourself and your rights by receiving appropriate compensation through using solicitors such as Freeclaim.

Every employer has a duty of care to their workers so if you’ve had an accident which you don’t believe is your fault then they are usually to blame. Making a claim will help you and hopefully protect against any future, potential risks.   

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