Working in a factory can be a busy, repetitive job – but have you ever stopped to think that it could be a dangerous job? Factory workers are at risk of injury on a daily basis, particularly if they are working with heavy machinery with moving parts. Your employer has a responsibility to ensure you’re safe at work. This means they need to ensure equipment is safe to use, and that you have the training and safety equipment necessary to carry out your job. They also need to make sure that you take regular rest breaks, and that your working environment is clean, tidy and safe.
So if you’ve been injured at work and your employer could have done more to prevent your accident, you could make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline for personal injury compensation. Our lawyers have over 15 years’ experience helping customers claim compensation on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
One of the most common types of injuries you could sustain in a factory are crush injuries. Working with heavy machinery with moving parts – such as rollers – could lead to crush injuries if your hand or arm become trapped in the moving parts. You could even have long hair, jewellery or a scarf caught in machinery, leading to injuries. Crush injuries can be extremely serious, leading to crushed bones, complex fractures, tendon and ligament damage and lacerations. In some cases, amputation of the injured limb may be required, or you could lose loss of your fingers, making it impossible for you to return to work.
Other common factory accidents include electrocution from faulty machinery, slip, trip and fall injuries caused by boxes of stock or debris left lying around, repetitive strain injury (from carrying out repetitive movements without taking regular breaks) or injuries caused by objects falling from height.
Life-changing injuries – should you claim compensation?
A life-changing injury such as crush injuries leading to an amputation or a serious head injuries caused by objects falling from height at a factory could mean you’re unable to return to work. You may be unable to look after yourself or live independently and enjoy your life as you used to. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and our personal injury lawyers will take all these things into account when working out your settlement. You can get confidential, no-obligation advice from our team, which could help you decide if you’re ready to get the ball rolling on your claim.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton