Working in hot, often cramped environments, bakers are exposed to a variety of potential injuries by work accidents.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, falls and trips are among the main causes of work injuries to bakers. Slippery floors in confined spaces increase the risk of injuries to the head, as well as cuts, bruises and fractures. Slipping accidents may also lead to injuries by burning if the individual about to fall reaches out for something to break the fall and accidentally touches a hot oven, for example. Slip and trip injuries must be prevented by keeping floors clean, dry and free of trip hazards at all times.
Naturally, the risk of burn injuries is ever present within bakeries. Adequate protective clothing and equipment must therefore, be provided. Equipment must be maintained in correct working order to prevent fires and resulting workplace injuries.
Continual exposure to a variety of allergens in flour may also be the cause of bakers developing occupational diseases. Amylase, an enzyme contained in bread-making flour can, for example, trigger allergic rhinitis (similar to hay fever) and/or asthma attacks. Occasionally, long-term respiratory diseases and/or skin conditions may also develop in bakers.
Bakers injured at work through lack of protective gear; inadequate maintenance of equipment or insufficient cleaning of floors may be eligible for work injury compensation. The same applies to workers developing work-related illnesses. In case of immediately apparent injuries, claims must be initiated within three years of the workplace accident leading to them. Claims involving conditions developing slowly over time must be brought forward within three years of the relevant condition being diagnosed.
Claiming for compensation
Claims can be initiated with the help of Accident Advice Helpline. Specialising in industrial illness and injury compensation, this law firm has years of experience in handling claims. Initial advice is available via a freephone helpline manned by friendly and extremely helpful advisors. After first of all establishing claim eligibility and the likelihood of a claim being successful, claimants are offered the services of in-house specialist lawyers.
What to expect
The legal team operates under a conditional fee agreement, meaning no fees have to be paid until the claim is settled and compensation has been awarded. Much of the process may be conducted over the phone, and it may be possible to achieve a settlement without going to court.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice