Machinery within factories often requires high voltages. If not handled with extreme care and adequate safety procedures, such voltages can cause serious injuries by electrocution in a factory accident. More often than not, electrocutions by such high voltages are accompanied by serious, life threatening burns. For this reason, electricians working on high voltage supplies for factories are required to wear personal protection equipment.
The video factory accident
This video shows the story of Donnie Johnson, a young American family man working as an electrical contractor. While wiring in a generator to a large warehouse, Donnie was electrocuted by a high voltage arc flash and suffered severe burns that almost killed him. The factory accident was caused by Donnie using the wrong equipment, in spite of his experience, and he was not wearing his protective equipment.
Assessing responsibility – As Donnie not only used the wrong type of equipment for the job he was doing, but also failed to put on his safety gear, he was, in fact, responsible for this terrible accident. If he had not been provided with this equipment, responsibility for his work injuries would have been held by his employer.
Claim potential – As it is, Donnie could not claim for injury compensation, because he was provided with and trained in the use of protective equipment. He also knew which type of equipment he should have been using to do the job at hand. If this had not been the case, his employer would have been responsible and he could have claimed compensation for his accident at work.Open Claim Calculator
Work injury claims and responsibility
All too often, workers suffering injuries at work believe they can claim for compensation, when in fact they were responsible for the workplace accident causing their injury. In essence, it is of vital importance to follow instructions and use provided safety equipment as and when required, regardless of how cumbersome or uncomfortable it may be. Donnie Johnson almost paid with his life for his dislike of his protective gear and over-confidence in his own abilities.
Whenever a potential claim for work-related injury compensation is discussed, the first questions claimants will be asked are:
- What happened?
- Where and when did it happen?
- How and why did it happen?
- Was adequate safety equipment provided?
- Was adequate training provided?
- Were safety procedures explained?
- Did you follow the provided instructions/ training?
- Did you wear the provided protective gear?
Eligibility for compensation for accidents at work
Even the best of Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers cannot get compensation for workers who have ignored training, safety precautions and safety equipment. If, however, you were injured in a factory accident through no fault of your own, they will get the compensation you deserve for you as quickly as possible.