A man who unwittingly put a bottle of sulphuric acid into his pocket has suffered a severe acid burn injury and aims to claim compensation from the company which formerly employed him. Mark Mellard, a former warehouse employee, received the plastic bottle of acid from colleague John Campey, who was unaware that the substance was corrosive. As Mr Campey thought that the substance was a less corrosive drain cleaner, he poured it into a bottle and gave it to Mr Mellard, who had requested some to clean his home drain.
The bottle subsequently melted and Mr Mellard suffered severe burns, resulting in a series of skin grafts and a ten-day hospital stay. Both parties lost their jobs with the company due to a breach in health and safety regulations and a failure to follow Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) training. Unfortunately, Mr Mellard was not COSHH trained and is seeking industrial action over his dismissal, as well as financial compensation for his injury. Poor training can lead to accidents or serious injuries at work, particularly if the workplace in question contains hazardous chemicals.
Claiming accident at work compensation
Accidents may occur if there has been a breach in health and safety or a failure to implement risk assessments to reduce the chances of injury or illness. In these cases, the company may be at fault and could be liable to pay compensation to any injured parties.
An acid burn injury like this may be the fault of the company if they have not adequately informed their employees how to read labels on substances used in the workplace. Should you have an accident at work such as a slip, trip or fall or something more serious, it is important to consider whether the company could have been at fault.
How to claim work injury compensation
Although the majority of companies have risk assessments in place as well as training programmes to avoid this kind of incident, the potential for an accident to occur may still be present. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you by providing you with some no-obligation advice on your case. Just give our free 24-hour helpline a call to speak to one of our expert team and we can determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for free no-obligation advice and representation.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown