Do you need to make a factory worker accident claim? If so Accident Advice Helpline is the place to look for help. Our advisers are available around the clock, ready to listen to your story and tell you what your options are. If you decide to take your case further you will be allocated an industrial accident solicitor on a no win, no fee* basis, and he or she will guide you through the entire legal process. So what are you waiting for?
Accidents at work
We deal with many different kinds of workplace accident that have varying levels of impact on the victims. When thinking of factory accidents, most people picture incidents involving machinery, but of course this environment also features many of the same kinds of risk you could find elsewhere. Slipping on a wet or oily floor can lead to a broken ankle or even to paralysis. Having something drop on you because shelves have been carelessly stacked can lead to a dislocated shoulder or a head injury. Your employer is obliged to keep the risk of accidents like these as low as possible, and where risks cannot be avoided they must be properly signposted.
All accidents at work should be recorded in an accident book and, if serious, reported to the Health and Safety Executive. An employer who does not do this can get into serious trouble.
An employer’s duties
Your employer has several important duties as far as health and safety at work is concerned, including the following:
- Making sure you are properly trained to do the jobs required of you.
- Ensuring that you have the right equipment and that it is properly maintained.
- Providing adequate supervision.
- Ensuring you do not take on tasks that you are physically not up to.
If your employer has failed to live up to these responsibilities, you probably have a strong case for compensation.
Worries about work
Sometimes people worry about making factory worker accident claims because they do not want to get into trouble with their employer. In fact many of the clients we help with cases like this return to work without any problems. It is illegal for an employer to sack you because you make a compensation claim, and in larger companies, local managers often welcome claims because they give them the leverage to extract funding from senior management with which long standing issues can be fixed. You may also find that your co-workers welcome it because it brings about change that makes things safer for them too.
What compensation can do for your factory worker accident claim
Winning compensation can make your life much easier, not just by enabling you to cheer yourself up with a few little luxuries, but also by funding the purchase of any practical items you require because of your injuries, from counselling to mobility aids. If you are unable to go back to work, compensation can ensure that you have enough money to enjoy a decent quality of life. It cannot change what happened, but it can help you look forward to the future in a more positive light.
Date Published: May 30, 2014
Author: David Brown