Whilst employees in all industries suffer injuries from time to time, there are some sectors that carry more risk than others. For example, factory accidents occur far more frequently than office mishaps. In fact, only employees working in the construction industry are more likely to suffer an injury than workers in factories. Wherever you work, any accidents that occur are usually the responsibility of someone. If you sustain an injury while working in a factory, you may well be eligible to claim compensation from the responsible party. However, you might be unsure about how to go about making a claim. In order to help, we will be happy to offer our advice on what the chances are of you being successful.
Firstly, you’ll need to consider whether or not you were provided with the necessary protective equipment to carry out your work. Employers are legally required to provide all of their employees with protective equipment to help minimise accidents. What this equipment is varies, depending on the industry; for example, if you’re a woodworker, goggles are considered essential to protect your eyes from shavings and dust, while hard hats will be considered essential in any industry where there is the potential for objects to fall and hit the head. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are on hand to offer assistance if you think that you might not have been provided with the proper equipment.
You should also have been given full and proper training before being asked to use machinery that might cause injury. This forms part of health and safety 101. If you feel you haven’t received the necessary training, your employer is likely to be considered legally responsible for any injuries you sustain. Essential training should both provide you with all the necessary instructions for using the machinery and make you fully aware of the potential risks involved and how you can minimise the risk of factory accidents occurring.
In terms of equipment, it is also the responsibility of your employer to ensure that all equipment and machinery is properly maintained and kept in full working order. This usually means that any repairs will have to be carried out by a fully qualified engineer, and that any replacement parts are endorsed by the original manufacturer. Again, if you’ve suffered an injury as a result of faulty machinery you will usually be eligible for compensation. If the machine became faulty whilst you were using it, the fault will probably lie with the manufacturer. Alternatively, if your employer failed to have the machinery maintained correctly, the fault is likely to lie with them.
Finally, it’s important to remember that whilst there are many commonalities between cases, personal injury claims do vary and it’s very rare to have two different accidents occur under the same circumstances. Because of this, we would always advise you to book a consultation with one of our legal injury experts who will be able to talk through the situation with you and decide if you have grounds for making a claim for compensation. Remember, expert advice is available at any time of the day or night by contacting one of our Accident Advice Helpline advisers.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown