Since the early 1900s, heavy machinery has become more and more common in factories and places of work across the country. The fact that heavy machinery is able to carry out work at a cheaper and quicker rate than people has seen a huge acceleration in its use.
In the early days of industrial advances, work accidents increased at a frightening rate, with workers often being killed or injured due to accidents in the workplace. Thankfully since those days our understanding of using machinery at work has grown and along with various pieces of legislation, such large scale accidents and injuries have become a thing of the past.
Who protects you from a work accident?
Due to the strict legislation that has been brought in for heavy duty equipment, employers are now expected to ensure you are safe when working with or around machinery. It’s their job to make sure you know exactly how to use the equipment, where to use it and that it is in safe, working order.
If you suffer an accident at work involving machinery, the results can be catastrophic. At the worst you could be killed or at the very least you’ll lose earnings if you need to take time off work.
If you’ve been involved in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault in the past 3 years, you may be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation. This money can be used for a number of things to make life easier for your family. Things like:
- To cover medical bills
- Help with physiotherapy or recovery
- To help your family with living expenses
- To cover your loss of earnings if you’re off work
Who do you turn to when it comes to making a work accident claim?
Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience of fighting for compensation for people hurt in accidents at work. They are a friendly and helpful law firm who work purely on a no win, no fee* basis. They have a free phone helpline number which will allow you to discuss your accident with one of their advisors, who will quickly advise you as to whether or not you have a claim.
You can also use the compensation calculator on their website. The advice line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can talk to them in confidence and with no obligation to proceed.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown