While many people view accidents at work as slips, trips and falls in the office or strains and sprains from manual handling, those working with chemicals each day face a myriad sector-specific health and safety concerns that can cause an array of occupational illness and injury.
What is chemical engineering?
Prospectus describes chemical engineering as being involved with ‘the design, development, construction and operation of industrial processes for the production of a diverse range of products, as well as in commodity and speciality chemicals. Relevant industries include oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, energy, water treatment, food and drink, plastics and toiletries.’
The dangers of chemical engineering
Common work-related accident claims of chemical engineers include, but are not limited to:
- Slips, trips and falls (from heights, into holes and inadequate safety procedures)
- Strikes to the head from items falling from above or walls collapsing
- Contamination or respiratory diseases due to presence of poisonous gases or chemicals
- Skin disorders, including dermatitis
- Machinery-related injuries (electric shocks, lacerations, wounds or fumes, for example)
Placing blame: Chemical engineering accidents and injuries
While you may not normally be one to try and find fault, experiencing an accident at work that leaves you ill or unable to function as normal day to day, can leave you feeling as though you want justice.
When at work, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure your well-being. If your chemical engineering accident was the fault of your employer – for example, due to insufficient training or poor working conditions – you may have an eligible case to claim personal injury compensation.
Speaking with a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline, you will be able to establish if your case is likely to be successful and if it is worth pursuing for your work-related injury or illness.
Pursuing your claim with Accident Advice Helpline
If you decide to go ahead and pursue your claim for your work-related illness or injury, you can be sure that it is in safe hands with Accident Advice Helpline
Assisting victims of occupational accidents and personal injury for many years, Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and now has a nationwide team of specialists and legal professionals on hand, providing a supreme legal service.
Get the ball rolling on your work-related claim and contact Accident Advice Helpline on their Freephone helpline. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice