If you have been injured in an accident while working as a jeweller, you may want to make a jeweller’s accident claim. Accidents at work can never be eliminated, but any employer has a responsibility to make risk assessments in the workplace and then minimise hazards to employees as much as possible.
It is also vital that the correct training should be given to all employees appropriate to their job role. If you feel that your accident while working as a jeweller could have been prevented if these essential legal requirements had been in place, then you may well have grounds to make a jeweller’s accident claim with a reputable specialist law firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
Typical workplace accidents
The usual hazards of working in a shop or public place also apply to working as a jeweller, and many of these can be minimised or prevented altogether by good health and safety practise. These include trip and spill hazards, which should always be dealt with immediately and clearly signalled if they cannot be removed.
Fire exits should always be kept clear and an accident caused by failure to comply with any of these basic health and safety requirements could certainly constitute grounds for a compensation claim. There are also specific dangers associated with the jewellery business when it comes to the altering and cleaning of jewellery.
These are both tasks that require specific training and instruction and correct specialist equipment. They should not be attempted casually by unskilled staff without adequate prior instruction, but jewellery cleaning in particular is often allocated to shop workers who are unprepared for the task.
Professional jewellery cleaning with ethyl or ammonia based cleaners, using a large ultrasonic cleaning device or an electric buffing wheel should only be undertaken in a well-ventilated area while wearing appropriate protective clothing, such as face masks, goggles and gloves.
The fluid can be dangerous if inhaled, and anyone working with it should be checked on regularly to make sure they have not been overcome. Contact with the skin should also be avoided. Sparks and small parts can fly off a buffing wheel and can be dangerous if they make contact with exposed body parts, especially the eyes.
Grounds for a claim
If you have been injured in similar circumstances to those described above and feel that your employers did not provide adequate training or health and safety precautions, then you could have grounds for a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile call 0333 500 0993, or text ‘claim365’ to 88010. You will either get through to one of our friendly trained advisers or someone will call you back.
They will ask you a few simple questions and from your answers will be able to tell you whether you have adequate grounds for a compensation claim.
If this is the case, you will be given the option of contacting one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom work on a no win, no fee basis. This means they will always do their very best to win your jeweller’s accident claim.