If you work in the health and social care services industry in East Ayrshire and you’ve sustained an injury following an accident in the workplace that you believe your employer to be responsible for, you can check with us here at Accident Advice Helpline to get advice on whether or not you are in a position to launch an East Ayrshire accident at work compensation claim.
The health and social care patients could be at risk
One of the prime concerns within the health and social care services industry is the risk of injury to any of their service users, including vulnerable people such as children, elders, people with reduced mental capacity, those with reduced mobility, and anyone suffering with a sensory impairment. These people can be vulnerable to risks from hazards such as hot water or hot surfaces.
Health and social care workers may be at risk too
But it’s not just their users who are at risk. The danger also extends to health and social care workers, especially those who help their users to avail themselves of any potentially hazardous services.
The risk of scald hazards
Health and social care authorities have recently increased water temperatures for a variety of reasons, including the need to meet the demand for hot water, the efficient running and maintenance of hot water boilers and to minimise the risk from any Legionella bacteria. But it must be borne in mind that when the temperature of hot water rises above 44° C, there is a potential scald risk to both people using this hot water, and industry workers assisting them.
The establishments where scald hazards could exist
People at risk include those who may be in hospitals or other care facilities including care homes, any social service premises, or any special schools. Scald risks should also be assessed in certain community facilities; e.g. hostels or staffed and sheltered housing, where people who may be deemed vulnerable could be at risk. Once again any risk to the health and social care industry workers also needs to be considered.
East Ayrshire accident at work compensation claims in the health and social care industry
A number of scald accidents and injuries prove fatal, particularly when they are sustained during bathing or showering. Industry workers often injure themselves attempting to rescue a patient in distress. If you’ve sustained a scald injury, and you hold your employer responsible, you should consider launching an East Ayrshire accident at work compensation claim using the services of us.
Taking the first step in your East Ayrshire accident at work compensation claim
If you think you have a legitimate personal injury claim, you can confirm by taking the 30-second test, using the compensation calculator you’ll find on our website. It’s the first step in our no-win, no-fee personal injury claim process; a process which comes highly recommended by well-known people’s consumer champion, Dame Esther Rantzen.
To find out more, visit our website or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 19th September 2014