At Accident Advice Helpline we often get enquiries about claiming compensation for workplace accidents. In particular people want to know what types of workplace injuries you can claim for. The simple answer is any accident which an employer could be seen as responsible for. Certainly some workplace injuries like repetitive strain injuries or slip, trip and fall accidents are commonly claim for. However, we also see claims for all sorts of unusual and unique accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace.
Here are some of the most bizarre examples of workplace injuries.
Pennsylvania worker files work accident claim for sledgehammer incident
A Pennsylvania construction worker filed a compensation claim after he injured his eye when trying to split a bowling ball using a sledgehammer. The labourer was working on a site when he found a bowling ball and a series of activities ensued, including trying to shot-put the ball as far as possible, and then using a sledgehammer to try and break the ball. Unfortunately for the worker, the ball shattered, throwing up a piece, which ended up in his eye, contributing to a loss of sight.
Following in the footsteps of the World’s Strongest Man competitors
An office worker tried to claim work accident compensation after attempting to lift a water-cooler in a bid to try and impress colleagues. He managed to raise the cooler above his head but suffered subsequent back pain and muscular aches.
Down the hatch!
When you hear the words ‘down the hatch’ you’re normally in a group setting out on a Friday or Saturday night encouraging a friend to down their drink, but a bar worker from London took the instructions too literally. The man was distracted by his phone when walking through the bar and suddenly found himself falling down a 10 foot elevator shaft to the shock and amazement of people sitting around enjoying a drink. Luckily he did not suffer any broken bones, but there’s a lesson to us all: look where you’re going!
What to do if you have an accident at work
These stories are weird and wonderful, but the issue of accidents at work is a very serious one, and if you have suffered an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with a huge array of claims every year, including accidents at work and work-related illnesses. Even if you think your claim is a bit bizarre, you may have a case and the legal team at Accident Advice Helpline will be happy to help.