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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Accidents at Work: Heavy equipment and machinery


    Although workplace accidents can and do occur in all environments, it’s probably unsurprising to learn that industries employing heavy equipment and machinery have more of them – namely construction, agriculture and factories.

    The biggest potential problem with accidents in such places is the increased likelihood of the accident being serious. Take the above picture as an example; the forklift truck has tried to move an object too heavy for the truck, and it has toppled as a result. A forklift truck accident could kill the driver if he fell out and the vehicle landed on him, or he hit his head on impact.

    Identifying blame

    When an accident does occur, work accident compensation can be sought if it wasn’t your fault. In an incident such as the photo above, placing blame isn’t as straightforward as in some other cases.

    It could be inferred that the driver was at fault for attempting to move an object too heavy for the vehicle, and in such a situation, he could not make a claim for an accident at work.

    If, on the other hand, his employer had assured him it would be fine, or refused to send a second vehicle to help move the object, then the blame can be pinned on the driver’s employer and thus a claim can be made.

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    Seeking compensation

    When accidents at work do occur, the compensation is to cover loss of earnings, medical expenses and any other fees that have been accrued or lost as a result of the incident. Due to the UK’s strict health and safety laws in the workplace, making a claim is a simple affair.

    Accident Advice Helpline has been in the business for over a decade, and operates on the principles of integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability. In other words, the team is motivated by getting justice for people injured in accidents.

    The process is incredibly easy, too. Simply visit the website and take the 30-second test, or call the 24/7 advice line, to find out if your accident is eligible to make a claim. If it is, Accident Advice Helpline will take on your case on a no-win, no-fee basis, and most claimants never even have to go to court.

    If your accident occurred in the past three years and wasn’t your fault, and you want a team you can trust and rely on, give Accident Advice Helpline a call.

    Date Published: October 25, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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