Cumulative Injury Workers Compensation in UK
A cumulative injury is one that’s caused by repetition in the work place, such as a constant loud noise impairing your hearing, or damaging your wrist by doing the same movement over and over again. These may entitle you to Cumulative Injury Workers Compensation in the UK.
This type of injury does not occur by a one off accident at work, but is an accumulation of the problem that can take years to develop. An example of this would be small amounts of chemicals in the air; a short period of exposure may not cause any problems, but years of constant daily exposure could make you very ill and cause permanent damage.
There are many reasons that damage can be caused on a cumulative basis. Just a few of these are:
- Constantly being in an awkward position
- Repetitive actions
- Poorly designed workstations
- Excessive twisting and excessive gripping
- A lack of breaks or lack of changes in activity
- The use of vibrating tools
- Consistent loud noise without wearing ear protection
Asbestosis, occupational asthma, repetitive strain injuries, cumulative back injuries, noise induced hearing loss, and vibration white finger are just a few of the results that can occur through bad working environments and practices.
All employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their workers is safeguarded, otherwise they may well find themselves facing a claim for Cumulative Injury Workers Compensation in UK. They need to ensure that your workstation or work area is big enough for you to arrange it comfortably. They need the worker not to have to constantly be twisting and turning, and if the work involves gripping you should not be doing this to excess. There are some areas of work, such as using vibrating tools, where they must carry out risk assessments, and adjust the work accordingly if the risk assessment shows the worker may suffer.
Part of their responsibility is to ensure that breaks are part of your working day, they have to make sure you physically take those breaks, or once again they could become liable for cumulative injury workers compensation in the UK.
Accident Advice Helpline have experts on hand to deal with your injury or condition no matter how common or rare it might be.
No matter what your problem Accident Advice Helpline will make sure you achieve a fair and successful settlement. You can find out what your award is likely to be by completing the 30-second calculator on the website, or why not telephone our free helpline on 0800 180 4 123, and speak to one of the friendly advisors who will assist you all they can.
Date Published: 14th July 2013