Factory accidents – Facts and figures
According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), factory, or manufacturing, accidents accounted for 16 per cent of all accidents at work during 2011/12.
This is an exceptionally high figure when considering that manufacturing only makes up approximately 10 per cent of Britain’s workforce. Even more staggering is the fact that 25 per cent of all work accidents resulting in deaths take place in factories/ manufacturing environments.
Plant, machine and process operatives have a total injury rate of 1505.5 in every 100,000 workers. The rate for injuries requiring three or more days of recovery is 1209.0, while major injuries by factory accident occur at a rate of 294.2 in 100,000 workers. The fatal injury rate for these employees is 2.3.
Many of these factory accident injuries and fatalities could have been prevented if adequate training, safety equipment and/ or safety procedures had been in place, or if machinery had been properly maintained.
Claim potential for a factory accident in the video
The video shows a steel crane collapsing and crashing down into the working area, which is populated with a lot of workers. At first, it appears that miraculously, no-one seemed to be injured. Near the end of the clip, however, two men are seen carrying a third man, who appears to be injured.
Fault assessment – It is unclear as to why the crane collapsed. Chances are it was either not secured properly by the last person to operate it, or it was defective. This latter possibility would place responsibility for this work accident onto the employer, who is legally required to maintain equipment properly to ensure worker safety. If the former turned out to be the reason for this workplace accident, the operator may be held responsible.
Claim potentials – Any workers injured by this accident potentially have a claim for work injury compensation. The claims may be made against the operator and/ or the employer, depending on who is deemed to be responsible for these work injuries.
Claiming for injury at work
Should you have been the victim of an accident at work within the past three years, you may qualify for a claim. You can assess your eligibility by using the compensation calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s website, or by calling the free-phone number and speaking to one of the company’s trained advisers.
Calls are confidential and advisers can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.