Garden centres are typically bustling retail environments, due to the nature of the stock being sold, workers are often required to undertake tasks which can lead to accidents at work.
As you would expect, manual handling and trips and falls are two common garden centre accidents, however, these establishments are also brimming with other health threats, including hazardous substances.
Fertilisers and work-related accidents at a garden centre
Garden centre employees may be required to sell and/or work with fertiliser and other hazardous substances. Improper contact with such can lead to a myriad health issues from the very minor, skin aggravation, to death, when dealing with substances on a large scale.
As you would expect, employees in a garden centre who are working with fertilisers and other hazardous substances must receive training. As a high-risk element of work, it is advisable that COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) guidance is followed and training days are attended.
Workers can also expect to be provided with suitable work attire that will protect the skin and face from contact with fertilisers.
Claiming for your work-related accident
If you have been injured at work and believe your employer is to blame, it may be worth investigating whether you have a valid case for personal injury compensation.
While working, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety. When accidents at work occur due to lack of training or poor property maintenance, for example, the employer has failed in the obligation to ensure your well-being.
When this is the case the law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, can take a look at the details of your claim and advise the best course of action, with no obligation to proceed with your claim.
Going forward, Accident Advice Helpline will manage your claim, passing it to one of their specialist solicitors who will make every effort to make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Building an indestructible claim
No claim is guaranteed to be successful, however, there are things you can do to strengthen your case. This involves the collating of evidence that will work in your favour and prove that your employer is accountable for your injury or illness.
Photographs of the problem at work and of your injury are particularly useful, while any witness accounts of the incident from colleagues or customers are also beneficial.
Start the ball rolling today and call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for personal injury compensation advice with no pressure to proceed.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown