Hazardous substances are used in a variety of industrial situations across the UK. The use of hazardous substances is governed by stringent health and safety legislation, but accidents do happen. Situations can arise that lead to compensation for chemical burns at work.
Where any workers will be expected to operate machines or containers where they will come into contact with corrosive materials, it is important that they are safeguarded against harm. Management should undertake risk assessment exercises to ensure that every aspect of their workplace is rendered as safe as possible.
Chemicals should be clearly labelled and stored appropriately according to manufacturer recommendations. Only designated workers should be allowed to go anywhere near the substances, and they should be trained in special methods for handling cylinders or containers.
They should be issued with appropriate safety gear, including special overalls, industrial boots and safety goggles if applicable. There should be clear instructions about the safe handling of chemicals, with instruction booklets to hand or online manuals in accessible areas online. If there are appropriate antidote chemicals in the event of spillage, instructions for their use should also be issued.
What circumstances would merit redress
Compensation for chemical burns at work would be considered in various circumstances. Amongst the most crucial of these factors are timing and issues of negligence. The former is a fairly straightforward. The criteria for a successful claim include the proviso that the incident happened within the past three years.
The latter can become more complicated, as the apportioning of blame is not always black and white. But in many instances, negligence can be very easily assessed, especially where there have been clear breaches of health and safety legislation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
Receiving industrial injuries is always a traumatic experience, for the individual concerned, and for their family. But we are here to reassure you that your circumstances may well be that some form of compensation.
While this will never make up for the physical injuries you have received, if you do qualify for some form of payout, this will alleviate some of the stress.
In order to examine your situation to assess the likelihood of a successful no win, no fee claim, all we ask you to do is phone Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500, so that our legal experts can examine your case.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen