Every year many people are injured in a fire at work. If this has happened to you, call Accident Advice Helpline now to get the best injured in a fire at work advice. We offer a free legal helpline that is available 24 hours a day.
Fire at work injuries
Fires at work can result in serious and even fatal injuries. In fact, in the 2011-12 period, there were 380 fire-related deaths in Britain. What is more notable though, is the fact that over half of the fatalities were as a result of being overcome by smoke, gas or toxic fumes caused by the fire. The same period also saw 11,300 non-fatal injuries relating to fires. Though these figures are both down from previous years, fire injuries and deaths can be reduced even further by adhering to the safety standards as set out by the Health and Safety Executive.
Fire safety at work
Under United Kingdom law, your employer is required to provide you with a safe and healthy working environment. This includes a strict adherence to fire safety standards. Fires need three things to start: an ignition source (heat), fuel (something that will burn) and oxygen. According to the Health and Safety Executive, employers should carry out a comprehensive fire safety risk assessment, which should be updated regularly. This can also be carried out as part of the general health and safety risk assessment.
The findings of the risk assessment should identify possible causes of a fire, for instance a possible ignition source or flammable substances. Once identified, the appropriate safety measures should be put into place in order to control these hazards and to minimise the risk of injury or death to employees in the event of a fire.
What if I have been injured in a fire at work?
Fire injuries can have severe consequences. A burn is a serious injury and even a small burn can cause significant pain. Even if you escape a fire at work without burns, you may suffer smoke inhalation injuries. Smoke inhalation can cause coughing, wheezing, sleepiness, confusion and even vomiting. If you have been injured in a fire at work, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day to give you the best injured in a fire at work advice. One of our legal advisers will ask you a few questions about the fire and your resulting injury. Once they have a complete picture, they can give you the most accurate advice and they will be able to tell you whether your claim has a strong chance of success.
Claim compensation with Accident Advice Helpline
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 180 4123 now to start your claim. All of our solicitors work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so starting your claim will not cost you anything either. Let one of our expert lawyers get you the compensation that you are entitled to.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown