Workers operating in dimly-lit working environments face the possibility of sustaining a variety of injuries at work.
Slips, trips and falls at work
Inadequately lit work areas, corridors and stairways present workers with the continual risk of injury by slipping on wet, greasy or otherwise slippery surfaces. There is also a risk of tripping over steps or other trip hazards or falling down stairs. Injuries suffered may consist of anything from cuts, bruises or abrasions to broken limbs and head or back injuries.
Being unable to see properly in workshops, kitchens or other inherently dangerous workplaces may result in workers being injured by accidental contact with moving machine parts, live electrical wires/contacts or hot surfaces. Bumping into unexpected obstacles may not only cause bruises but, if hot food or liquids are spilled in the process, may also result in scalding injuries.
Injury by chemicals
Without adequate lighting, it may be impossible to identify potentially hazardous chemicals correctly. Misidentification of chemicals may lead to explosions, fires or chemical reactions causing toxic fumes. Such work accidents could result in potentially fatal injuries or long-term industrial diseases. There is also a risk of chemical burns if, for example, a highly corrosive substance is mistakenly believed to be a harmless detergent.
Lacerations at work
Workers unable to see clearly could also suffer lacerations to their face and/or bodies by walking into and shattering glass partitions, doors or windows. Using sharp instruments such as cleavers, knives or even scissors under such conditions may also result in potentially serious accidental work injuries.
Injury by falling objects
Working in inadequately lit store rooms or warehouses may result in objects not being stacked properly and subsequently falling onto unsuspecting workers passing by. Depending on the size and weight of such an object, workplace injuries sustained in this manner may range from minor bruises to serious crushing or head injuries.
If your working environment is not adequately lit and you are injured as a result, you should call one of the advisers manning the freephone number of Accident Advice Helpline which is 0800 689 0500, as you may be eligible for industrial injury compensation. Calling them for an informal, confidential chat will determine if your case justifies claiming for compensation. Should you decide to proceed, you will be provided with an experienced lawyer specialised in work injury claims to ensure you get the best possible advice and assistance in pursuing your claim.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown