If you have been injured while working as a jeweller, then you may want to know about jeweller’s injury advice. Jewellery work is a skilled trade and requires proper training and instruction. Even if you are only working as a shop assistant, there are health and safety risks that you should be made aware of, and that should be minimised by your employer.
Certainly you should not be expected to undertake tasks that you have not been trained for, or without adequate protection or safety equipment. If you have suffered an injury as a jeweller that you feel was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, then you may want to make a compensation claim with a reputable law firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
Minimising jewellery risks
Cutting or altering jewellery such as rings, brooches and necklaces should only be undertaken by trained professionals using the correct equipment. Attempting jewellery alterations without the right training or using wrong or faulty equipment could lead to serious injury as well as irrevocably damaging the piece of jewellery in question. Small pieces of metal or gemstone can fly off and cut you or burn you if they have been heated.
Even cleaning jewellery can be hazardous if the task is carried out using ammonia, alcohol-based fluid, or a large ultrasonic cleaner. This should only be attempted in a well-ventilated room and while using appropriate safety wear such as protective gloves and facemasks. It is also important that you have been fully briefed and instructed before attempting this task. Risks can include becoming overcome by fumes or suffering an electrical shock.
It is the responsibility of your employer to maintain adequate health and safety standards and to ensure that dangerous jobs are only undertaken by members of staff who have been correctly trained for them.
If you are unhappy about the quality of health and safety or feel that you should not be expected to take on a particular task because of your lack of training, you should definitely speak up. In the event of an injury caused by lax health and safety practices or lack of appropriate training, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline about the possibility of making a compensation claim.
You can call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile call 0333 500 0993, or text ‘claim365’ to 88010. Either way, you will get to speak to one of our friendly trained advisers, who will assess your jeweller’s injury claim after asking you a few simple questions, and will then let you know whether it is something that Accident Advice Helpline feels that they could successfully pursue.
If this is the case, then you will be given the option of contacting one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom work on a strict no win, no fee basis. Remember, at this stage you are under no obligation to go on with your claim, but if you do you can rest assured that our lawyers will do their best to secure you the full amount of compensation possible for your jeweller’s injury.
Date Published: July 10, 2015
Author: David Brown