Heavy machinery, industrial ovens, lots of bending and lifting – factories can be hazardous places to work, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Your employer is responsible for your health and safety at work, and if they have failed to keep you safe, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation. By law, employers must record all accidents in their accident book – even minor accidents. More serious accidents may need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the relevant authority. The HSE will normally investigate if there is cause for concern and they have the power to demand improvements be made to health and safety or to issue a fine to your employer.
You might want to see a factory accident report sample if you are wondering whether or not your employer recorded and reported your accident correctly, and you can generally find samples online, if you know where to look.
What can reading a factory accident report sample tell you?
Generally, as an employee you won’t have to worry about filling in one of these reports. Most employers will also never need to concern themselves with filling out a report as the majority of employers do all they can to keep their workers safe. A factory accident report sample can tell you how an accident should be reported and what information should be included, which can help you to see if your accident has been properly recorded and reported. If you search online, you can usually find copies of a blank factory accident report sample, as well as completed reports. If you manage to find a completed one, it can be helpful should you need to complete a similar report after your accident.
Did negligence cause your accident at work?
Your main concern after your accident should be to ask yourself how your injuries occurred and whether or not they were preventable. If the answer is yes, they could have been prevented, then it may be that your employer has been negligent. If negligence has occurred then the next step could be to make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline. Whilst the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 has gone a long way to reduce the number of workplace accidents, they can and do still occur, and accidents in factories have the potential to cause serious injuries.
What injuries could be sustained in a factory accident?
According to statistics from the HSE, 27 workers were fatally injured in the manufacturing sector in 2015/16, with 66,000 self-reported non-fatal workplace injuries. Lifting and handling and slips, trips and falls accounted for almost 50% of all accidents reported by employers. More serious injuries sustained could include being injured by heavy machinery, such as sustaining crush injuries to your arms or hands, or being struck by heavy objects falling from height, leading to head and spinal injuries. In 2014/15, around 70,000 manufacturing workers were injured in accidents in the UK, with around 25% of these cases leading to absence from work of over seven days. If you have had to take time off work after suffering a minor or more serious injury, you could be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings, so it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline to find out.
Did lack of training cause your accident?
Asking yourself how your accident at work happened is key to working out who was at fault and assessing whether or not you are eligible to claim personal injury compensation. In some cases, faulty machinery may be the cause of a factory or industrial accident, but there are plenty of cases where lack of training is the culprit. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you and all other members of staff have received the training needed to carry out duties safely. If this has not happened and if staff are incompetent due to lack of training, the result could be an accident that could lead to serious injuries.
In one case back in 2015, a 19-year-old employee suffered life-changing back injuries that left him unable to walk. He received only a few minutes of training on using a dumper truck and was allowed to operate the vehicle without a licence or safety belt. The truck overturned, and he broke his back. This was a clear breach of Regulation 9 (1) of the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and had serious consequences for the employee injured.
What happens if you report your accident to the HSE?
If you have been seriously injured then you may want to hunt down a factory accident report sample online, to make sure that your accident and injuries have been properly recorded and reported. HSE may decide to investigate your accident to prevent similar occurrences in the future, and these are a few of the things they may look into:
- How, when and why your accident happened
- What procedures were being followed and why
- What conditions existed when the accident occurred
- What was the main cause of your accident?
- What could be done to prevent similar accidents from occurring in future
They may decide to take action against your employer, but this isn’t something you need to worry about. Finding a factory accident report sample online can help you to fill out your accident report – or ensure that your employer records your accident correctly, and once this has been done, it is up to the HSE or other governing body whether action is taken to investigate what has happened.
Will I lose my job if I make a personal injury claim?
According to statistics from 2015/16, 20% of workers injured in workplace accidents suffered handling, lifting or carrying injuries, with 19% of accidents caused by slips, trips and falls and a further 10% the result of being hit by moving objects. But no matter how your accident happened, if somebody else’s negligence caused your accident, you’re entitled to claim compensation within three years of your accident. You don’t need to worry about losing your job either, as your employer isn’t allowed to take any action like this against you simply for making a personal injury claim. At any rate, they will have liability insurance in place which will pay out in the event that your claim is successful, which means that they won’t be paying your claim out of their own pocket.
Am I eligible to make a claim?
The best way to find out if you could claim compensation after your factory accident is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. You can call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 5659 to find out more about claiming on a no win no fee basis.