The prevention of workplace accidents and subsequent injuries is a two-pronged effort. It is the employer’s responsibility to safeguard the health and safety of their employees. This can be achieved by implementing precautionary safety procedures and guidelines, providing the requisite protective gear and equipment where necessary, conducting training sessions, and being aware of any potential risks and hazards.
It falls to the employees then, to comply with established safety procedures and guidelines, wear and use all necessary gear and equipment, be aware of all potential risks and hazards, and to implement what they are taught in the training sessions. These measures will not only help an employee protect themselves from accidents and injuries at the workplace, but will safeguard their co-workers as well.
Types of claims
Unfortunately though, despite all the precautions exercised, accidents at work do occur every day and employees do suffer from work injuries. These accidents could be the result of negligence, oversight, or simple bad luck. Where it is your employer’s fault, you can file for a work injury compensation claim.
Repetitive Strain Injury claims
A repetitive strain injury (RSI) can be caused by excessive and prolonged work with a keyboard and mouse, or by production line jobs that involve rapid packaging, processing or any other rapid movements that need to be repeated over long periods of time. If you can successfully establish a link between your injury and your work environment, you may be eligible for a work injury claim.
Construction accident claims
Construction sites are, by their very nature, some of the most hazardous workplaces in the world. Employers in the construction business are therefore required by law to enforce certain health and safety measures and to provide all of their employers with appropriate protective gear and equipment whenever necessary. If however, they fail in their obligation through negligence or oversight, and you are involved in an accident as a result, you are liable to claim compensation for any injuries and losses suffered.
Industrial injury compensation claims
Jobs in the industrial sector often involve prolonged exposure to heavy and dangerous machinery as well as hazardous chemicals and toxins. As such, workers are often liable to suffer from injuries and losses, both slight and severe. Industrial injuries may occur due to a number of reasons, including slips, trips, and falls, prolonged exposure to excessive noise (industrial deafness), use of heavy machinery (vibration white finger, tendonitis), and exposure to asbestos. In cases where such injuries are the employers’ fault, you may be eligible for a work injury claim for compensation towards your suffering.
Work accident claims
Work accidents are commonplace and come in many shapes and sizes, involving a varying degree of injuries and losses suffered. If you have been involved in a work accident, and can establish a link of causation between your injuries and the work environment, then you can successfully win compensation in a work injury claim.
If you have suffered a work injury, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to consult with a professional and experienced solicitor for help and advice with your work injury claim.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown