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    Laboratory accidents: No first aid equipment


    Laboratory accidents: No first aid equipment

    Hazardous substances and hot equipment are among the main causes of work related accidents in laboratories. Many substances handled in laboratories are corrosive, toxic or both, and can cause serious work injuries if allowed to come into contact with employees’ skin or eyes; inhaled or ingested. The severity of such injuries not only depends on the substance involved, but also on how long it is allowed to remain in contact/ within the affected individual’s system. This makes it imperative to have first aid equipment and procedures available at all times.

    Accidents at work involving chemicals

    Corrosive chemicals tend to react immediately with the cells, structure, and even molecules of skin, starting to modify or destroy it from the moment contact is established. The longer such a substance remains on the affected area, the more severe the modification or destruction. Other, less corrosive but toxic materials may be absorbed through the skin; again leading to more severe injuries and effects the longer they are allowed to remain there. In either case, it is vital to remove them and render adequate first aid as soon after the workplace injury occurred as possible.

    Work accidents and first aid equipment

    Employers have the legal duty to provide suitable first aid equipment and personnel trained in its use, at all times. Whether your work injury was related to chemicals, defective equipment, or any other type of accident, if your injury worsens because there was no suitable first aid equipment or nobody trained in proper first aid procedures, you may be eligible to claim work injury compensation.

    Claiming industrial injury compensation

    Claims for compensation can be initiated by calling Accident Advice Helpline. Available every day around the clock, this law firm’s freephone number is manned by friendly, highly experienced advisers who will deal with all calls in complete confidentiality on 0800 689 0500. These advisers will first of all establish whether a claim is justified and has a chance of being successful. Potential claimants are then offered legal assistance, but are under no obligation to accept this offer.

    The legal team

    The legal professionals working for Accident Advice Helpline, a company that as been in the business of helping people get personal injury compensation for 13 years, all have years of experience and will do their best to quickly bring claims to satisfactory conclusions. Working on a no-win, no-fee* basis, they are often able to conduct the entire claim process over the telephone, making it as easy and stress free for claimants as possible, often even avoiding the necessity for claimants to attend court.

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    Date Published: January 2, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Defective equipment accident claims

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.