Working with hazardous chemicals can be risky, especially if they are flammable or there are various chemicals in one site. Due to the risks involved in working with chemicals, there should be measures taken by employers to ensure that workers are as safe from harm as possible.
Employees have a responsibility to work with these chemicals in a safe way, but employers should provide them with the training and means to do so. Workers should also know how to store these chemicals and which chemicals must be kept apart. These substances could be flammable, corrosive or toxic when inhaled therefore a thorough risk assessment should be conducted to ensure that the correct control measures are in place.
Flammable substances should be handled with care and should be kept apart from anything that could ignite them. Employees should also be trained on how to handle them and should be provided with protective clothing or equipment where necessary.
If there is a breach in health and safety and employers do not assess their site for risk, there could be a very serious fire and workers could sustain life-changing and painful injuries. If you have suffered a fireball injury at work and there is evidence of negligence, you could be entitled to compensation.
Health and safety breaches
If employers are not aware of which chemicals are on-site or are unaware of how these chemicals are being used, they could be in breach of health and safety regulations. If they have failed to assess their site for risk and have failed to put appropriate control measures in place to protect everyone on-site from harm, they could be held liable for any injuries sustained by their workers. If you have suffered a fireball injury at work due to negligence, you could make a compensation claim.
What you can do about it
You needn’t go through the claims process alone; your chances of winning are much higher with the right support and legal representation.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have helped thousands of people to claim compensation for injuries sustained due to someone else’s negligence.
If you have sustained injuries at work and there is evidence that someone else was at fault, get in touch with our team on 0800 689 0500 to discuss pursuing your compensation claim.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen