Dagenham in East London is located some 12 miles east of Charing Cross and 10 miles east of the City of London and had been for many decades been the home of Britain’s most important car manufacturing site.
In 1931 the Ford Motor Company settled in Dagenham, where the Briggs Motor Bodies manufacturer was already a long established employer. The site stretched from 2 square km along the River Thames embankment and was Europe’s largest car plant that had its own power station and blast furnaces where imported iron ore could be processed. At its peak, the Ford Motor Company Dagenham employed around 40,000 people – today there are only 4,000 people left working on the site.
Dagenham made worldwide press coverage when a group of female workers went on strike, demanding equal pay and an end of sexual discrimination, a historic event that was eventually the subject for a successful film. Before the wonderful women of Dagenham stood up for workers’ rights in a way never before seen, women were forced to accept far less pay for doing the same work as men.
The women were employed in large scale production of seat covers, sewing and stitching together all the materials. Using industrial sized and industrial speed sewing machines is a specialist job, which can be quite dangerous. It is not uncommon for people working with high speed sewing machines to literally stitch their fingers to the fabric they are working on.
Earning so much less than their male colleagues often meant the women had to work overtime to make ends meet – and working long hours means a certain loss in concentration, which can be fatal. The long needle, which is attached to the machine and works in a sort of hammer action to stitch together fabric, will sooner or later embed itself in a machinist’s finger, when they guide the fabric along with their hands.
When that happens, the needle has to be broken off the machine and the injured person has to be taken to the nearest hospital. Hand injuries can take a long time to heal and in many cases such injuries meant losing one’s job in 1968, when the Dagenham women fought for equal rights.
If you were involved in an accident at work and that accident happened within the last 3 years, you can claim compensation with the help of an accident solicitor in Dagenham, provided you were not the cause of your accident.
Where do you find a no win no fee accident solicitor in Dagenham?
Call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile – their advisers are available around the clock, every day of the week.
Their expert advisers can allocate your claim to an accident solicitor in Dagenham or other specialist solicitor based elsewhere in the UK, if you qualify for making a personal injury claim.
All Accident Advice Helpline legal partners offer their services on a no win no fee basis; this means you can start your claim without paying any money upfront or making a payment during the claims process.
Date Published: 29th July 2013
Author: David Brown