Decorators are often found working at height, painting ceilings and up a ladder, so it’s perhaps no surprise that falls from height are the most common type of accidents sustained by painters and decorators. It’s not an especially hazardous job compared to something like a role in construction, but hazards do exist. Decorators who have been hurt in an accident at work could find themselves able to claim decorator injury compensation if their employer or the company they’re contracting for has been negligent. It’s best to seek advice from Accident Advice Helpline and our expert personal injury advisors are here to offer advice in confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a claim.
How have you been injured?
Painting and decorating can be a repetitive job, and repetitive strain injury (RSI) is common amongst decorators, so it’s important to take regular breaks. If you use vibrating equipment at work, such as a sander, you’re at risk of hand arm vibration syndrome, so again regular breaks are necessary and specialist safety equipment should be provided. Inhaling dust can cause respiratory problems – particularly if you end up working in a building where asbestos is unexpectedly present, so face masks should be provided if there’s a risk of dust.
It might be that you’ve broken bones or suffered a head injury after falling off a ladder whilst painting a room, and if the ladder was faulty, the company you work for could be held liable. Other injuries suffered by decorators could include lacerations from falling through a window, breathing problems after working in poorly ventilated areas and allergic reactions to hazardous substances.
It’s not worth making a claim, it won’t be successful
This is a defeatist attitude and it’s simply not true. Accident Advice Helpline has a great track record and many satisfied customers who have been awarded settlements for successful decorator injury compensation claims. We’ve been endorsed by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen, for our excellent customer service and because we provide a 100% no win, no fee* service, we won’t take on your claim unless we’re confident of a successful outcome – although of course there are no guarantees. If you’ve suffered serious injuries at work which have left you unable to return to your job or you’ve needed to take time off to make a full recovery, we can help. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: September 25, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton