When you go to work each day you expect to be given the best possible conditions in which to do your job, no matter what industry it might be in. However, there are people claiming compensation as a result of sustaining injuries in particularly common accidents in the workplace in the Malvern Hills.
All industries have their own series of risks and you could never say that one was completely safe. While nobody ever attempts to get themselves hurt, employers are under an obligation to ensure that all employees follow health and safety regulations and that includes providing staff with the right assistance, clothing and equipment for the task at hand.
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
It also means providing them with adequate breaks, something that a lot of office workers fail to get. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day, every day, can lead to one of the most common accidents in the workplace in the Malvern Hills.
Repetitive strain injury develops over a period of time, rather than upon impact or as the result of a mistake, and often comes about in the hands, legs, back or eyes because staff are in the same position for so long.
While many employers will say that deadlines are there to be hit and jobs need to be done, staff have a right to regular screen breaks to prevent this kind of muscular condition from developing.
When it does it can take several weeks or even months to recover from, requiring treatment and appointments with GPs and physiotherapists, and even opticians if it develops in the eyes.
Equipment and protective clothing can reduce the most common accidents in the workplace in the Malvern Hills
It might sound strange, but certain items of clothing can reduce some of the most common workplace accidents. For example, people frequently suffer damage to their eyes when fragments of metal or wood break off while being machined.
By wearing a pair of protective goggles, however, this could be prevented and people’s eyesight could be saved, yet many employers still fail to provide such a simple piece of equipment.
Similarly, high visibility clothing can make the difference between safety and disaster when working outdoors. Forklifts are used in a variety of sectors, but are also involved in a lot of workplace accidents.
This is mostly because operators are unable to see their colleagues either among the shelving or simply outdoors because of the weather conditions. However, by being provided with a high visibility jacket or vest, serious injuries could be easily avoided because they are much easier to see.
Claiming for compensation
A lot of people are put off claiming for workplace injuries because they’re worried about how it will affect their employment, but companies have insurance policies in place to cope with just this kind of thing.
Many claimants are missing out on compensation they are fully entitled to because of a mistake made by their employer, and Accident Advice Helpline want to help.
If it can be proven that any injuries or conditions were sustained in the workplace, within the last three years, then you may be able to make a claim for both compensation and any lost earnings during that time.
We have a team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers, all of whom work on a 100% no-win no-fee basis, ready to help you by providing advice and help through every step of the claims process.
You can find out if you’re eligible to make a claim in just 30-seconds thanks to our online test, or you can find out more by calling now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0992 from a mobile phone and speaking with one of our friendly legal experts.
Date Published: 7th August 2015
Author: David Brown