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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Dangerous historical jobs: The Stuarts

    In every single historical era we have had dangerous jobs and that hasn’t changed even as of today. The Stuarts were around long before accident at work claims, so this meant that if you were hurt you still had to work unless you were wealthy enough to take a few days off. Being ill wasn’t an option as sick pay did not exist.

    So what were some of the most dangerous jobs from the Stuarts era which could have caused an accident at work?

    There were so many jobs that would have been dangerous. Most of these jobs still exist but due to a better understanding of how things work and through technological advances these jobs now lead to less work accident injuries. Some of the more dangerous jobs during the Stuarts era would have included those at sea and those involving soldiers, especially during the Civil War.

    However, one job in particular during the Stuart era which was very dangerous was the role of a gun powder makers assistant. The reason for this is because their role was to set up the gun powder, whether it was against a door to blow a hole or at the foot of a castle. This was highly dangerous because not only did you have to worry about running away quick enough so you didn’t get blown up, but you may well have been under fire from the soldiers manning the building you were trying to blow up. This job could easily have resulted in an accident at work claim or worse, death.  Even the gunpowder maker himself would have had a dangerous role as he was mixing the highly explosive materials. A mistake at work for them would have been much more than a simple accident at work injury. These days gunpowder is made in a much safer and controlled environment.

    But, although jobs are a lot safer than they were back in the Stuarts era accidents at work do still happen. If you have had or have an accident at work injury that wasn’t your fault speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out how much you could potentially claim. Whether you have had a slip, trip or fall injury or any other accident you may be able to make a claim.  Find out more by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or by taking the 30-second compensation calculator test to see how much you could claim.

    Date Published: December 31, 2013

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    Author: David Brown

    Category: Accident at work claim

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