A staggering 27 million working days were reported lost in 2011/12 by the UK Health & Safety Executive through work injuries and job-related illnesses. The 12 months previous, workplace injuries and ill health cost British businesses an estimated £13.5 billion.
All employers have by law a ‘duty of care’ to their workers by doing all they can to keep them safe while at their job. But when a boss ignores his care duty or lets safety training fall by the wayside and an employee is injured as a result of their negligence, he can be facing an industrial accident claim.
Examples of an industrial accident claim case can include:
- Trips and falls due to materials and equipment being carelessly being left around on the factory, warehouse, shop or office floor.
- Deafness and hearing loss from noisy machinery by a worker not provided with proper ear protection.
- Lung disease from asbestosis, such as where a demolition contractor has been working in a building in which asbestos was present – without being warned of the dangers and therefore not protected from dust fibres.
- White finger condition from using a pneumatic drill without being given anti-vibration gloves.
If any of these work related accidents apply to you, then contact Accident Advice Helpline for expert guidance on making an industrial accident claim. Simply call our freephone number 0800 180 4123 where you’ll be presented with a 30-second test to determine your qualification. We will need to know whether the accident happened within the last 3 years, that you were not to blame for it and that your needed medical treatment from your own GP or hospital doctor as a result.
Accident Advice Helpline has near 200 fully-qualified solicitors on its books, located all over the UK and working for clients on a no win no fee basis. This means that from the very start of your industrial accident claim you won’t have to worry about expensive legal costs. Should your claim succeed, then all litigation fees will be paid by the employer’s insurance company.
Making an industrial accident claim
It’s worth noting that the three year limitation on making a case for personal injury compensation does have exceptions where certain injuries at work have caused illness, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma (lung cancer) and vibration white finger. This is because their symptoms can appear months or years after exposure to hazardous substances or in the work environment. As your Accident Advice Helpline solicitor specialising in industrial accidents will tell you, an industrial injury claim can then be made within three years of the victim actually finding out from a medic that they have the illness or condition.
Hurt and losses
Accident Advice Helpline is regulated by the Justice Ministry and is one of the UK’s largest provider of claims compensation in this business area. Active in her support to the company and its clients is consumer rights veteran and TV campaigner Esther Rantzen. Esther is out patron and encourages all those who have been injured in an accident which was not of their doing – at work, home or whatever the location and situation – to make a claim for compensation for their hurt and losses as it rightfully theirs.
Date Published: 1st March 2013
Author: David Brown