Injuries resulting from hazardous work activities are very common in the workplace today, despite many of these being completely preventable by the business in question. At Accident Advice Helpline we have seen a number of personal injury claims from people who have been involved in an accident that was not their fault and resulting from undertaking hazardous work activities.
Having 15 years’ experience in the industry we have in our time come across many of these types of accidents and have become very successful in claiming compensation for the injured parties. Our 30-second claim calculator can give you a good idea as to how much you could be owed and our no win, no fee policy guarantees that if the claim is not successful our clients won’t have to pay anything at all.
Examples of hazardous activities
There is evidence of many hazardous work activities associated with different jobs, especially if you work in a more dangerous environment such as a building site or any other busy and dangerous surroundings. These include, but are not limited to:
- Working in an environment with chemicals and dangerous materials such as asbestos or lead that could cause serious and long-lasting illness, impacting upon the victim for years to come
- Having to use large, heavy or dangerous machinery and equipment. Usually you will need to be fully qualified and properly trained to use these types of equipment and must also be wearing protective clothing so as to protect you in the case of an accident
- Working in a busy and cluttered environment with unnecessary personnel and obstructions causing more accidents
- Working at dangerous heights, such as on the top of a roof or up an electricity pole, where injuries from falling could be quite severe, even fatal
- Working with dangerous materials, such as electricity or gas
Injuries that could be sustained
These kinds of hazardous work activities can cause a vast array of injuries, some of which can be life-threatening and life-long. The worse the injuries are that you sustain, the more compensation you are likely to receive; minor injuries will usually receive a lower compensation amount but may still be worth claiming for. Injuries you might sustain include:
- Poisoning from things like lead and asbestos that causes long-term medical conditions and often cannot be treated very easily
- Head injuries and brain trauma that could prove to be fatal, or leave long-lasting damage
- Back and spinal cord injuries, such as herniated discs and other problems which could cause mobility issues
- Internal injuries such as broken ribs and punctured organs which can potentially be life-threatening
- Psychological injuries including stress, depression and anxiety
To see if you are eligible to claim following an accident at work that has left you injured, contact the experts at Accident Advice Helpline on our free telephone line – 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen