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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Military accidents: Unsafe training


    The British armed forces are among the most highly trained and skilled in the world. However, it is of the utmost importance to receive full and proper training before being exposed to potentially life-threatening risks. Unsafe training can result in a serious accident at work, especially in such a high risk environment involving firearms, heavy equipment, and gruelling conditions.

    Firearms training

    Adequate firearms’ training is imperative. Improper use of a firearm can have fatal consequences. It is important to be skilled in correct usage and proper maintenance of all firearms.

    Low visibility

    Members of the armed forces are trained to be on the move at any given time. This means that a lot of training time is spent dedicated to working in conditions of poor visibility, such as working in the dark. Working in the dark can contribute to the chances of a slip, trip or fall, as reduced visibility means it is difficult to see protruding objects such as tree roots or discarded equipment.

    Heavy equipment

    Manual handling is the source of many accidents in the workplace, and the military is no exception. Lugging around heavy rucksacks and other equipment can increase the risk of a back, shoulder, or neck injury. Be sure not to carry any load that is unsafe or too heavy for you.

    Poor weather conditions

    Poor weather conditions can be a recipe for a disaster in any occupation. Torrential downpours, gale force winds, and ice cold temperatures are all in a day’s work for some members of the armed forces. However, hazardous weather conditions can seriously increase the risk of a slip, trip or fall.

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    If you are a member of the armed forces and you’ve suffered an injury as the result of unsafe training within the last 3 years, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. With an extensive legal team across the UK, specialised in all areas of public injury law, you are guaranteed a reliable and dependable service through Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, where a friendly and professional adviser is waiting to take your call. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee basis, and you are not under any obligation to proceed with any claims.

    Date Published: December 11, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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