Archaeology is an exhilarating and fulfilling career choice. The study of human history and prehistory, uncovering old sites and artefacts frequently presents new and exciting findings and is invaluable in helping us understand our heritage.
But with such expectations from your job role, duties can involve climbing heights, managing specialist equipment and using hazardous chemicals. With this in mind, it is common for slips, trips and falls, and other accidents at work to occur.
Common archaeology accidents
Archaeology presents an array of possible work-related accidents. In such a specialist role, employees are expected to work with complex equipment and tasks can involve using chemicals, working at heights and in poor conditions.
- Common work accidents in archaeology include:
- Falling from heights due to, for example, insecure scaffolding, fragile roofing and poor weather conditions
- Skin disorders due to rubble and waters on site, and the nature of the work at hand. White spirit can cause skin sores. Wearing gloves is strongly advised.
- Leptospirosis when working near sewers and waterways
- Sprains and strains due to lifting and manual handling
- Impact to the head from falling objects on site
- Sight and hearing impairments
- Disease and intoxication from harmful substances
Who is to blame for your work-related injury?
When you become injured or ill due to a task you have undertaken at work, your employer could be to blame for any harm you have suffered.
If you feel the accident at work occurred due to insufficient training – such as poor induction – or a matter that your employer should have controlled, you may have a case to claim for personal injury compensation.
While you are at work, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety. When they fail to meet this obligation, they can become liable for any work-related injury or illness you sustain.
Claiming for work-related illness and injury
So long as the accident that caused your illness or injury occurred within the last three years, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, may be able to help you claim personal injury compensation.
Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has been helping victims of personal injury recover the compensation they deserve for many years. With a nationwide legal team, wherever you are based and whatever your circumstances, Accident Advice Helpline is ready to assist you on a no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice