If you have suffered a fire-related injury while at work, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline and let the experts answer the question: “Can I claim for a fire at work injury?”
Your employer’s duty
Under United Kingdom law, all employers have what is known as a ‘duty of care’ towards their employees. This means that they are required to provide you with a safe and healthy working environment. This includes high-risk industries as well, so even if your work involves flammable products and other fire hazards, your employer should have taken all reasonable steps to minimise the risk posed by these.
The Health and Safety Executive suggests that all employers carry out a comprehensive fire risk assessment. This can be done as part of the general health and safety risk assessment, or as a separate exercise. This type of risk review needs to include the following:
- Identifying hazards: Consider where fires could start and what would burn.
- Identifying people at risk: Consider staff, visitors, contractors and especially vulnerable employees, for example someone in a wheelchair.
- Taking action: Having identified the hazards and people at risk, an employer should take the necessary action to reduce risks and remove them altogether where possible. This information should be recorded.
- Planning and training: Create a clear fire safety plan, which should include exit strategies and fire safety training for staff. Make sure that everyone knows how to behave in the event of a fire.
- Reviewing the assessment: The risk assessment should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
What do I do if I suffered a fire injury at work?
A lot of people are fearful of making a compensation claim if they have been injured at work. Most often this concern results from a belief that filing a compensation claim will lead to being fired or treated differently. Some claimants are also worried that it will cause financial problems for their employer. It is important to understand that your employer is required by law to have employer’s liability insurance. This insurance will cover the cost of any settlement that is paid out.
A successful claim could provide financial compensation for pain and suffering and would help cover any medical expenses you may have incurred as a result of a fire at work injury. It could also cover loss of earnings experienced if you missed work while you were recovering.
How do I start my fire at work injury claim?
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 180 4123. One of our friendly legal advisers will ask you a few questions to assess your unique situation and then give you an answer to the question, “Can I claim for a fire at work injury?” If the answer is yes, they will also put you in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer to take your claim forward.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now. You have nothing to lose.