Of all the industries which involve the employed population of the United Kingdom, manufacturing and working in factories is certainly one of the most dangerous.
Factory accidents are a looming, constant threat and, given the nature of the work and complex machinery involved, the consequences are often both serious and expensive.
Statistics for factory accidents
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that, while factory workers account for just 10 per cent of the workforce in the UK, they are the victims of an average of 16% of the injuries at work recorded over the course of a year. Even worse, they account for around 25 per cent of all workplace fatalities.
Clearly, then, the threat of an accident at work comes with the territory of being employed in a factory. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you know what to do should misfortune befall you. Here are some of the essential steps to take immediately following factory accidents.
Assessing fault after a factory accident
The key part to any accident at work compensation claim is establishing and proving blame. In order for a claim to be successful, you will probably have to show that the accident was a consequence of negligence on behalf of someone else.
In the factory, this could mean an industrial spillage at work has not been cleaned up properly or insufficient warning signs were in place. There is also potential for a successful work accident claim if injuries are caused by faulty or poorly maintained machinery or from regular heavy lifting.
Seek professional advice
Making a work accident claim can be daunting so it’s important to remember that help is at hand from the professionals.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 10 years experience in helping claimants in these types of cases, as well as a host of others.
Their website includes a quick claims calculator which can help you establish whether or not you have a case.
From there, the professional advisors on the end of the free-phone helpline can offer friendly and practical advice.
Get the work accident compensation you deserve
Should you decide to press ahead with your work injury claim following the initial consultation, Accident Advice Helpline will be with you every step of the way.
They are able to process most claims over the phone, eliminating the stresses and pressures of a court appearance and take on all their cases on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: October 28, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims