The nature of food production is that there is a huge demand for products, so factory production lines must move rapidly in order to keep that demand satisfied. A similar process is involved whether the end result is bars of chocolate or chicken pies: basic ingredients are steadily transformed into the items that appear on shelves, via a series of automated steps, with a modicum of human intervention.
It is that latter step that can lead to catastrophe, where the processes have been running so efficiently that human error is sometimes inevitable. Injuries in a food factory come in various shapes and sizes.
Automatic machines will often have potentially deadly parts, such as stirring blades or moving chains. A lot of food has to be treated at high temperature so inexperienced employees face the possibility of receiving skin burns or scalding. Ultimately it is the employers’ responsibility for safeguarding anyone on their payroll, so the workplace must always be risk assessed.
Before any worker can be expected to be confident enough to work an allotted machine, they must be adequately trained, and be given instruction manuals. The equipment in any food plant must be regularly maintained, with inspections carried out on a regular, as well as impromptu basis.
Can injuries in a food factory lead to compensation?
The type of injuries sustained in typical accidents can be life threatening, or at the very least, debilitating. Workers might receive severe burns, or lose limbs to unguarded equipment.
Where it can be clearly demonstrated that an employer has breached health and safety obligations, then the injured party could well have a case for making a compensation claim. This is only fair, as there are no excuses for employers taking short cuts with safety issues.
Could Accident Advice Helpline help your situation?
Because we have 14 years’ experience in dealing with industrial accidents similar to these, we will make sure get the best opportunity to consider making a no win, no fee claim. Your first action should be to call Accident Advice Helpline, by dialling our free number, 0800 689 0500.
This will put you through to an advisory who will take your details, then pass your evidence on to a professional compensation claims lawyer. You have nothing to lose in calling us now. At the very least go online and try out our 30-second claims calculator to put yourself in the picture regarding possible claims.