Anyone who has suffered serious manufacturing injuries will know they can be life changing. Britain used to be known as the workshop of the world, and although manufacturing is no longer the dominant industry it once was in the UK it still plays a major role in our economy. One in ten workers is still employed in factories across the land, producing everything from food products to industrial dyes, from steel to hi-tech gadgets. Despite strict heath and safety regulations, many factories are still dangerous places, and serious manufacturing injuries do happen.
Accidents in factories, in workshops and on building sites account for the vast majority of work-related injuries in Britain. Only 10 per cent of work-related accidents in the UK happen in manufacturing. But these accidents are more likely to be serious in their nature, and one in four fatal work-based accidents and one in six serious injuries happen in the manufacturing sector.
What can cause a serious manufacturing injury?
Falls from height, contact with moving machinery, and being hit by a vehicle are among the biggest causes of serious manufacturing injuries. Handling is another major cause of injury, accounting for more long-term absences from work than any other cause. Falls, slips and trips accounted for more than a third of injuries to workers. An estimated 1.9 million working days were lost due to handling injuries, and slips and trips.
Being exposed to a dangerous material is another potential hazard. Many heavy industries use chemicals and other substances which can potentially be life-threatening. Workers should be regularly trained in dealing with hazardous materials, and should consult a supervisor if they have any concerns. Exposure to hazardous substances over a long working period can leave people suffering from serious long-term illnesses, such as lung disease or skin disease, without ever realising it was caused by their job.
Can I claim compensation if I’ve suffered a serious manufacturing injury?
Serious manufacturing injuries are thankfully rare in the UK, but if you have suffered an injury of this nature in the last three years you should call us now at Accident Advice Helpline. We are endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen OBE and we’re proud of the work that we do. Call our 24/7 free enquiry helpline on 0800 689 0500. There’s also a 30-second claim calculator on our website, which you can use to find out how much you might receive if your claim is successful.
Date Published: January 28, 2015
Author: David Brown