Working in a workshop can have its hazards – in fact, any workplace has hazards that could lead to accidents if they are not properly managed. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, ask yourself if your employer did all they could to keep you safe. If not, it could be that you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation. No matter what type of workshop you are employed in, there are workshop hazards that could lead to serious or minor injuries. It’s up to your employer to carry out risk assessments and ensure that your workplace is as safe as possible, to reduce the risk of accidents happening.
What are some of the most common workshop hazards?
Common workshop hazards include:
- Spillages – for example spilling oil or liquids on the floor could lead to a slip
- Items left lying around which could cause a trip
- Damaged flooring, which could lead to a trip
- Heavy or bulky items, which could lead to manual handling injuries to your back or neck
- Hazardous chemicals and substances – these could cause dermatitis if they come into contact with the skin, or breathing difficulties and conditions if the vapours are inhaled
Workshop hazards can easily lead to an accident if they are not managed, and if you feel that your workplace could be safer, you could report your accident to the HSE, who may investigate. You may have been lucky enough to escape with minor injuries such as a sprained ankle or a concussion after a slip or trip – but if you sought medical advice for your injuries then you could still make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Why should you make a claim?
You’re entitled to claim personal injury compensation if somebody else was responsible for your accident, and you have suffered injuries as a result. It also needs to be three years or less since your accident, as that’s the deadline in place for all personal injury claims. You should make a claim after your accident because there’s no need to suffer in silence. You might be suffering physically, emotionally and financially – as taking time off work after an accident can often impact your finances. By making a personal injury claim, you are taking a step in the right direction to get your life back on track, and Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out how.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen