Chemicals and hazardous substances can cause serious injuries in the workplace if they are not regulated and controlled. Employers have a duty of care to their workers to ensure that they are safe from the risks associated with these substances and to ensure that they are aware if the risks of working with chemicals.
Different chemicals are dangerous for different reasons which means that risk assessments should be carried out to ensure that workers are aware of how to handle, use and store these chemicals. There should also be training on how to store and use the substances present on-site.
Employers have a responsibility to provide workers with the tools and equipment they need to work with dangerous substances. They could be toxic when inhaled or they could be corrosive, which means that workers would need some form of protective clothing to ensure that an injury is not sustained.
Workers should be aware of which substances can be stored in what areas and they should also know which substances should not be mixed or used together. Injuries caused by a chemical fire can be life-changing and extremely painful which is why it is so important that employers are aware of what is happening on their site.
Health and safety breaches
Accidents caused by chemicals may be more likely to occur if employers do not carry out risk assessments and do not have the proper control measures in place. They may also occur if employees are not aware of the risks of working with these substances.
If there is a lack of supervision or a lack of training to ensure workers are safe from harm, employers may be liable for any injuries sustained or accidents. You could be entitled to compensation for injuries caused by a chemical fire if there is evidence that someone else was negligent.
What you can do about it
Our team at Accident Advice Helpline have been helping people to claim personal injury compensation for over 14 years. We have a team of expert advisers on hand to help you if you have been injured at work and there is evidence of negligence.
If you are considering claiming compensation, your chances of winning increase with the right support and legal representation. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 to find out how we can help you.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen