Most of us spend a good percentage of our time at work, but when you feel your workplace is dangerous, what can you do about it? Accident Advice Helpline recently commissioned a survey to find out more about accidents at work, and the results are very interesting indeed. They show that more men than women feel their work or workplace is dangerous. Almost 9% of men (compared to almost 6% of women) felt that their workplace safety standards posed a risk to their physical health, whilst almost 34% of men surveyed (18% of women) felt their work was dangerous. Also, almost 34% of men (and 24% of women) felt that their workplace was dangerous – worrying statistics.
How have you been injured?
If you’ve been injured in an accident and you’re worried your workplace is dangerous, you could always report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive, who may carry out their own investigations. But what sort of injuries could you sustain at work? Here are a few examples of injuries Accident Advice Helpline has handled claims for:
- Slip, trip and fall injuries – for example if you slip on a wet floor or trip over boxes left lying around
- Vehicle injuries such as crush injuries after being run over by a forklift or whiplash after a vehicle collision
- Manual handling injuries to your back, neck or shoulder
- Facial or eye injuries from flying debris – for example from broken machinery
- Crush injuries from trapping your arms or hands in machinery with moving parts
- Food poisoning after eating in your workplace canteen
- Chemical burns or skin conditions after coming into contact with hazardous chemicals
- Serious head or back injuries after a fall from height
Claiming compensation after an accident
It might be too late to do much if your workplace is dangerous and you’ve already been injured, but you could still make a claim for personal injury compensation. Even if you’ve only suffered minor injuries, if somebody else – such as your employer or a colleague – is to blame, then you could make a 100% no win, no fee claim. You’ll need to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer, and Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers specialise in personal injury law.
We provide a 100% no win, no fee service, so there’s no need to worry about expensive legal fees. It’s free to call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to our expert advisors for confidential, no-obligation advice, however you’ve been injured. But don’t wait around too long as there is a three-year time limit to make a claim after an accident.
Date Published: July 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton