Dangerous chemicals can be found in just about any workplace as there are often cleaning materials and liquids lying around. However, they are more predominant in certain industries such as the construction industry, the scientific industry or in chemical plants and manufacturing industries. Working with dangerous chemicals can be risky but these risks should be reduced by wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, using the right chemical for the right job and by training all workers who come into contact with chemicals.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations are in place to protect workers from chemical spill injuries by training them on how to handle chemicals sensibly and responsibly. They also require management to assess the risks of using and being around those chemicals to avoid accident or injury to workers. Although it is rare, a chemical spill may cause you an injury but an injury that is someone else’s fault.
How could someone else be at fault?
If you have been injured by a chemical spill, it could cause serious injury. The chemical could be something extremely acidic or alkaline or it could cause burns due to toxicity. If you have been trained how to use and handle the chemicals in your workplace and you did not follow the training, you may have put your own safety at risk. However, if you were never trained, someone else was not trained or you did not receive enough training, there may be someone else at fault for your injury. If you have not been provided with any PPE or have not been provided with the correct PPE for the chemicals you have been using, someone else may also be responsible if there is a chemical spill. Should there be evidence that negligence took place, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
How to start your accident at work claim
If there is evidence that someone else was at fault for any injury sustained at work, you may be able to win a compensation payout from the party responsible. Accident Advice Helpline can take you through this process and represent you at any hearing surrounding your case. Our helpline is free to call 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and our no win, no fee policy means that you are not required to pay a fee upfront. Alternatively, contact us via our website using our 30-second test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown