Did you know that around 25,000 fires take place in the UK in non-residential settings, and a high percentage of these occur at places of work? If you are one of the people who has been injured in a fire at work, you may find yourself wondering if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation. Well, it all depends on how the fire started, how you were injured, and who is to blame. If your employer could have done more to protect you from fire hazards in the workplace, then Accident Advice Helpline should be able to help you make a personal injury claim, on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis.
Did fire hazards in the workplace cause your accident?
There are a number of fire hazards in the workplace that could cause a fire to start – here are a few of the most common ones:
- Flammable liquids and chemicals
- Storing waste or combustibles (such as recycling) on site
- Faulty electrical equipment – all equipment should be regularly checked and PAT tested
- Overloading power sockets
- Human error – for example, spilling a drink on electrical equipment or causing a fire whilst cooking
Employers can reduce the risk of fires at work by carrying out risk assessments, ensuring electrical equipment is safe to use and well maintained and providing staff with fire safety training. They also need to conform to regulations regarding the provision of fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, blankets and so on. If you have been injured due to a fire at your work, you may have suffered minor or more serious burns or smoke inhalation injuries which could lead to serious health complications.
Claiming compensation after a fire at work
Whether you have suffered minor scalds or burns or more serious injuries which have left you with permanent scars, you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you have a viable personal injury claim. Your employer is responsible for your safety at work, and if they have failed to meet their responsibilities, you are entitled to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. Get in touch with us today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and we’ll be able to tell you whether you are eligible to make a claim and offer you confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen