If you have been injured at the water treatment plant where you work, you need to seek water treatment works injury advice. We have all heard the saying “accidents happen,” but you never expect it to happen to you. It is hard to know who to trust and where to get advice from, which is precisely why we operate a 24-hour advice helpline to assist people just like you. Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of people get compensation for injuries sustained at work and we are confident we can help you too.
Dangers of the job
It is a fact that workers in water treatment facilities have a higher than average occupational injury rate. Therefore, if you are employed in such a facility you need to know the risks involved, so you can take the necessary precautions. It is essential that companies in this sector update their risk assessments as new technology and processes are introduced. Updated risk assessments need to be shared with the employees, so they are fully aware of any potentially harmful issues involved in their employment. A failure to do this would be perceived as negligent in the eyes of the courts and could represent grounds for you to make a successful compensation claim.
Types of injuries common to water treatment works employees
If you work in a water treatment plant you face a number of risks every day and any one of them can result in an injury. For this reason it is important to follow the workplace safety guidelines when dealing with hazardous chemicals and complex pieces of machinery.
Here are a few of the most common injuries reported in these facilities:
- Burns – fires can break out when machines overheat or when chemicals react with one another. Contact with the skin from some of these chemicals can also cause burns and skin disfiguration.
- Explosion-related trauma – explosions occur occasionally and the resulting injuries can range from broken bones, burns, loss of hearing and even death.
- Respiratory illnesses – employees often work closely with potent chemicals and if the proper ventilation and safety equipment is not in place, diseases such as chronic bronchitis, occupational asthma and other chemically-induced lung diseases can arise.
Steps to take if you are injured
If you are unlucky enough to be injured in your place of work you owe it to yourself and all of those affected to take action. If you are not quite sure about all the rights afforded to you by UK health and safety legislation and are looking for water treatment works injury advice, calling Accident Advice Helpline and talking to one of our advisors will clarify your situation. The key thing to understand is that if you can prove you were not properly trained and/or informed of the risks associated with your position you may be able to establish negligence resulting in injury. If this is the case, one of our expert lawyers will help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: May 19, 2014
Author: David Brown