Suffocation may seem to be an unusual thing to happen in the workplace. Thankfully it is – very few workers from any walk of life will have the need to worry about the potential of being suffocated at work.
The high standards applied by way of health and safety rules in today’s modern workplaces mean there is little chance of any significant injuries happening at all.
Unfortunately there have been some people who have been injured in some way while at work in the past. Suffocation injuries may be incurred if someone is buried for a period of time underneath something heavy that chokes off their air supply.
Farm workers may fall into silos, while workers handling large volumes of loose material of any kind may be in potential danger if it has the opportunity to fall on them.
What could result from such accidents?
Some people have sadly lost their lives as a result of suffocating under such circumstances. However in other cases suffocation injuries might be experienced. If someone has a lack of air for a period of time they could lose consciousness and the lack of air can potentially lead to brain damage. Even if they are pulled out alive they may have suffered irreparable injuries.
Some people have contacted Accident Advice Helpline in the past because they have seen a loved one suffer injuries that occurred under such circumstances. In these cases there are instances where people may potentially experience life-changing suffocation injuries as a result of having their air supply cut off for a period of time.
Making sure the workplace is safe
Clearly there is always a need to ensure every workplace is as safe as it can be. The series of health and safety guidelines ensure employers have instructions on how to make sure this is the case. In some instances people are injured through the fault of their employer, although fortunately such cases are very rare indeed.
If something like this has happened to you or to a close relative, you may have good cause to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.
Even if you are unsure whether or not you have the chance to make a no win, no fee claim, you should find out today by calling 0800 689 0500 to get the answers you seek. Don’t leave things to chance – we may be able to help.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen