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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The fear factory

    Factories can be dangerous places in which to work. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that manufacturing accounts for 16% of all recorded injuries at work suffered over the course of a year. Given the size and complexity of the machines around the production floor, it’s unsurprising to learn that accidents at work in a factory can be extremely expensive.

    Where in the factory are work accidents most likely to happen?

    There are a number of different potential threats and hazards present in a factory environment. The following are the most likely to cause a work injury:

    –  Chemical spills and corrosive liquids

    –  Manual handling and heavy lifting

    –  Machine malfunctions

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    –  Industrial spillages at work causing slips and trips

    –  Inhalation of toxic fumes

    –  Falling debris

    How can I avoid a serious work injury in the factory?

    Factories are subject to strict health and safety rules and regulations for the protection of both employees and products.

    –  Suitable protective clothing is worn when handling dangerous chemicals. For example, gloves, hats, goggles and specialist suits may be required for certain substances.

    –  For employees whose work involves substantial amounts of manual handling, regular training is given and updated. Heavy lifting is minimised wherever possible and should never be undertaken alone.

    –  To avoid work accidents caused by mechanised tools, the equipment should be professionally installed and rigorously tested before being declared fit for use. Following this, they should be inspected and maintained regularly.

    –  Work injuries caused by slips can be avoided by spillages being cleaned up as soon as possible and clearly sign posted until that point. The floors should also be made from non-slip materials.

    What can I do if I suffer a serious accident at work?

    If you incur a work-related injury as a result of negligence by someone else then you may well have a case for work accident compensation. Taking the following steps can help make your case a successful one.

    1. Assess the fault: establishing blame is a key part of the claims process
    2. Call Accident Advice Helpline: their freephone is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and experts are on hand with friendly, practical advice.
    3. Make a decision: there’s no obligation to press ahead with your work accident claim following the initial conversation, but if you do, Accident Advice Helpline will be there to help on a no-win, no-fee* basis.

    Date Published: November 1, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Machinery accident claims

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.