Workplaces can be hazardous and there are a number of ways in which people can become ill or injured at work. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, although there are steps that employers or employees can take to ensure the safety of staff. Here are some of the more common reasons that people get hurt at work:
- Machinery accidents – these are incredibly common in the workplace; you could be involved in a road traffic accident whilst driving for work, struck by a forklift truck whilst working in a warehouse or injured by a power tool. It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide you with proper training, but you must work with due care and attention when operating machinery.
- Falling from height – the majority of workplace deaths usually involve staff falling from height, which is why it’s so important your employer provides you with proper training if you’ll be climbing scaffolding, ladders etc.
- Slips, trips and falls – this is one of the most common workplaces accidents, and is usually due to someone’s negligence, such as wet floors without warning signs, hazards being left in walkways etc.
- Over-extension – if you slip or trip at work or stretch to reach from a poorly set up workstation, you could damage tendons or strain your muscles, and it can often take time for symptoms to show
- Lifting – this is the most common reason people get hurt at work, and improper lifting technique can lead to severe back pain. Lifting injuries are usually a result of inadequate training, lifting the wrong way or trying to lift objects which are too heavy
Claiming for compensation
If you’ve been hurt at work, you’ll need to establish why the accident happened – if it was as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could claim for compensation. Your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work, and should provide the necessary training as well as personal protective equipment to ensure duties can be carried out safely. If you feel that this hasn’t happened, it could be time to seek professional advice.
How we can help
The professional team of personal injury compensation specialists at Accident Advice Helpline can offer you advice in confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a claim. Because we’re specialists in our field, we can normally tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, and we’re proud to have Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion as our sponsor.
Why not head for our website and use the 30-second test to see how much you could claim? If you decide to proceed, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, and we’ve been in business for many years, helping people just like you to claim the compensation they deserve for accidents at work.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown