Factory work has the potential to be very dangerous at times. The good news is few factory workers will ever find themselves in such danger. Their employers will follow the health and safety rules to ensure everything is kept safe and all identified hazards are dealt with to avoid anything going wrong.
However there are cases where people have suffered head injuries in a factory. In these instances people have sometimes ended up with severe injuries they are affected by for life.
Typical examples include epilepsy and acquired brain injuries that could have a marked effect on their behaviour and outlook on life. If your employer is found to be liable in a legal sense for the accident that occurred, you have a chance to claim compensation as a result.
How might head injuries in a factory happen in the first place?
There are all manner of ways something like this might happen. For example a low ceiling or doorway should be marked as such if people have to duck under or through it. If it is not properly marked with warning signs and someone hits their head, they may suffer injuries.
Another example would be if something fell on someone’s head. If there is a chance of something like this happening, the employer should either reduce that risk or provide protective headgear for each individual working in that area. If this doesn’t happen the employer could be held liable for what happened.
As you can see, a head injury might have a lasting effect on the person who suffers it. While some injuries might be fairly minor and resolve themselves in a few weeks, others are more serious. They might lead to a change in character or a condition that has to be coped with for the rest of that person’s life. This could mean brain damage in severe cases.
The employer must ensure they do everything they possibly can to identify potential hazards and to mitigate any and all risks associated with them.
As such they should fully risk-assess all situations in the workplace to ensure there is little chance any of their workers might potentially suffer a head injury (or indeed any other injury).
Accident Advice Helpline is always here if you need us. A call to 0800 689 0500 could lead to the answers you are seeking.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen