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son finishing new job 30 Jul 2018 13:09 #9537

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my 20 year old son signed of jsa and started a 3 month temp job at next warehouse, after a few days he started getting blisters on his feet,so could not go to work for a few days,when he went back.they started again, so has had more time off, he thinks he will get sacked when he eventually starts again, but im thinking will he be able to claim jsa again if hes sacked for non attendance at work,hes only been there 6 weeks and has had 3 weeks of with his feet problem.
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son finishing new job 30 Jul 2018 13:29 #9538

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First thing to do is note whether these blisters are affecting his walking/standing? How long is he asked to do these activities in this job? Are these blisters a chronic problem (historic) or something the job itself has caused? Has he considered his footware could be changed? If the blisters are problematic enough that they are affecting his ability to do his work SAFELY, REPEATEDLY and RELIABLY, then he needs to see his GP, let the GP look at this and come to some agreement about next steps. He could require a fit note saying he cannot mobilise/walk due to X problem and is not fit to carry out his work until X date and has had a follow up appointment with his GP to assess how he is.

One tip I can give you for some fast relief is, go to SemiChem. look for Compeed blister packs. I use their corn plasters and they are very good. SemiChem are cheaper too than Boots. But Compeed products are available in most pharmacies generally.

If these blisters are not just on his heels or in places on the feet that are causing him a lot of discomfort, he really does need to see his GP or a pharmacist who will also look at his blisters (usually in a private side room) and give advice.
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son finishing new job 30 Jul 2018 15:08 #9541

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the steel toe cap boots they provide and him being on his feet eight hours as caused this problem.hes used blister blasters but still can not work wearing the boots. also tried special insoles. one of his toes looks like its gone septic ,hes going to the doctors tomorrow,but he should of gone weeks ago,
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son finishing new job 30 Jul 2018 17:14 #9547

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That`s a shame the boots have caused him such issues. Wearing really THICK socks, or two pairs can sometimes work wonders at cushioning the feet from any hard surfaces, but I know how difficult it can be wearing boots that feel heavy, tight or are rubbing all the time. Toe and foot protection will be part of the warehouse health & safety procedures so they possibly won`t change that if it`s in their regulations for employees to wear protective footwear. I can`t wear shoes because every time I try, they cause my heels all sorts of pain, so I always wear ankle boots! I`m just not a shoe person!
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son finishing new job 30 Jul 2018 22:44 #9548

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he could try British army socks they are good for when you use steel toe cap boots all day
they are expensive thou around £6.00 a pair can get them on ebay
they are thick green with cushion soles
thay stopped the problem for me i had same issue working with steel toe boots
and had some spare socks from army days.

also he could speak to health and safety rep or the manager on site and say the PPE (boots)
are ineffective and could cause him injury. trips and slips etc.

Under the PPE Regulations,
protection (boots etc)
must be suitable for the wearer; in particular, it should take into account their health and it should fit correctly.

(word of note thou)
some places will look for a reason to sack you if you start
bringing up health and safety issues if you are a agency worker etc


if he gos back and gets the sack and has to go to the job center

not telling him what to say but if it was me
i would say to the job center that i brought up H&S issues with in the work place next thing i know they said my jobs ended due to less work load
and to be honest i think the real reason they sacked me is i brought up safety issues
because i dont want to work in a unsafe environment
where there is a chance of injury to my health and my safety

if the work roach started being a clown i would say
are you telling me to work in an unsafe environment?
can you provide that in writing so i can pass it on to the HSE.

sorry coundant help more but if its H&S issues
i can thats my main work sector
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son finishing new job 31 Jul 2018 09:10 #9550

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No doubt he was given the cheapest boots about which in a ideal world would of been worn in for a few hrs at a time.
Your son has been to tough for his own good by the sounds of it. I have feet problems and wear gel in soles made by scholl. Brilliant they are. Think my last lot i got from Amazon at a discount price. Prob worth him investing in a decent pair of boots and some in soles for his next job as the blisters will clear and swap between his current boots and new ones as to not get blisters again.
Glad he is seeing the doctor about his other problem and he may even be able to get a sick note so he has time for the blisters to heal up.
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son finishing new job 31 Jul 2018 09:19 #9551

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blackbeard wrote: if the work roach started being a clown i would say
are you telling me to work in an unsafe environment?
can you provide that in writing so i can pass it on to the HSE.

Good point blackbeard. And something London`s son can use if he needs to.
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son finishing new job 31 Jul 2018 13:25 #9552

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london123 wrote:
... but im thinking will he be able to claim jsa again if hes sacked for non attendance at work,hes only been there 6 weeks and has had 3 weeks of with his feet problem.



I don't know for certain, but I heard somewhere that you can't make a fresh JSA claim for 6 months or so after you have been sacked. Here is some info I found about getting sacked and JSA:

"There are some situations when your employer can dismiss you fairly...

You can be dismissed if you have a persistent or long-term illness that makes it impossible for you to do your job.

Before taking any action, your employer should:

1) look for ways to support you - eg considering whether the job itself is making you sick and needs changing
2) give you reasonable time to recover from your illness"

www.gov.uk/dismissal/reasons-you-can-be-dismissed

To be sacked because of illness seems to be seen by the DWP as being a “fair dismissal”. So I wouldn’t expect your son to get any mercy should he try to make a fresh JSA claim. He will be probably be treated as a malingerer and put on some sort of DWP/Jobcentre “blacklist”, given the depth the DWP/Jobcentre will stoop to.
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son finishing new job 31 Jul 2018 13:32 #9553

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The first point that I would seek clarification on is; Did the son report his particular health issue to anyone at all at his place of work before, during or after the issues become so bad as to result in absences from work?

Next; What is the employers’ Health & Safety Policy as set out in the employees contract or statement of terms and conditions of employment? Was there a recognised procedure to follow for reporting and recording health or well-being issues? Was there a recognised first aider that employees could consult or report health issues to?

As long as the son can prove from records that he has complied with the firm’s policies it is unlikely that they would sack him for something that could turn out to have been exacerbated by their own negligence in providing the necessary safety footwear adequate for the purpose.
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son finishing new job 31 Jul 2018 16:45 #9554

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Are JSA rapid reclaims still running? If they are, I `think` JSA claimants can re-start their JSA claim within six months of a job ending, but obviously depends on why that job ended.
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son finishing new job 02 Aug 2018 09:56 #9570

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