When more than 1,100 workers died in the 2013 Bangladesh clothing factory disaster, many of us were forced to re-examine our shopping habits and consider whether our demand for cheap clothes may have contributed towards a lax attitude to the welfare of the people making them. We look at our stringent health and safety laws, and we are reassured by the knowledge that such a catastrophe could not happen here.
Yet anyone who has ever had a job in a UK factory will know it can still be a dangerous place. With the advent of modern technology and strict health and safety practices, conditions are much safer than in days gone by. But compensation for injured factory workers still accounts for a large proportion of the total payouts by British firms and insurers to staff last year. Latest figures show that a fifth of all non-fatal accidents in UK workplaces last year happened to manufacturing workers. In addition, more than a million working days were lost through injury.
What hazards could you face?
If you work in a factory you could face many potential hazards, from the machinery involved in manufacturing or handling the product being made or moved, to the actual product itself. Among the most common injuries suffered by factory workers are back, neck and shoulder injuries. Many of these are caused by manual lifting of manufactured goods, which should be avoided where possible. Unfortunately, serious injuries can be caused by all manner of machinery, making it vital that workers are trained and encouraged to strictly follow all safety regulations. These injuries include burns, crush injuries, and lacerations. Many other injuries are caused by factory workers coming into contact with hazardous materials, such as toxic dust, fumes, and chemicals.
Could you launch a successful compensation claim?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we’re proud of the work we do claiming compensation for injured factory workers and other employees hurt in industrial incidents. If you have worked in a factory and have been involved in an accident at work in the last three years you might be able to claim compensation. Our free enquiry helpline is open 24 hours a day, and there’s a 30-second claim calculator on our website so you can find out how much you might typically receive if your claim is successful. You have nothing to lose by checking, so contact us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: January 28, 2015
Author: David Brown