During the 19th century, Sheffield was a very innovative place, one of the many new products being produced was stainless steel. Factories sprang up to produce stainless steel and over a short period of time the population increased 10 fold. In 1843 Sheffield was given its municipal charter and became the city of Sheffield in 1893. The name Sheffield derives from the River Sheaf that runs through the city. In those days, health and safety in factories was unheard of and if you had an accident it was just hard luck – no chance of a free claim Sheffield.
If you live in the Sheffield area, have had an accident that was not your fault and were injured as a result of that accident; you may be entitled to a free claim Sheffield.
Employers’ duty of care
In factories today, health and safety is a priority, and to make sure employers carry out their duty to protect their staff in the workplace, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carry out unannounced, periodic checks. If you do have an accident in a factory which results in you being injured you may be entitled to a free claim in Sheffield.
As part of the Factories Act 1833, the first factory inspectors were appointed, their main job being to make sure children were not working too many hours and trying to prevent children being injured in factories. Four inspectors were appointed and they had approximately 3000 factories to look after between them – thankfully it’s a bit different today.
Common workplace injuries
Nowadays, serious accidents in factories have to be reported to the HSE, and among the reportable incidents are:Open Claim Calculator
- Broken bones, other than fingers, thumbs and toes
- Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine
- Loss of sight, whether temporary or permanent
- Eye injuries
- Electric shock or electric burns leading to unconsciousness or hospitalisation for more than 24 hours
- Cold or heat induced injuries that result in the need for resuscitation or hospitalisation for more than 24 hours
- Unconsciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to harmful substances
- Acute illness, requiring medical attention, arising from the absorption of any substance into the body
- Acute illness, requiring medical attention, where there is reason to believe that this has resulted from exposure to a biological agent or one of its toxins, or infected materials.
- Any injury that means you cannot work for more than 7 days (this used to be 3 days)
Contact Accident Advice Helpline to start your free claim in Sheffield today
If any of the reportable accidents have happened to you, you need to make a free claim in Sheffield. You can do this with the help of Accident Advice Helpline who will talk to you, or a relative if need be, and put you on the right track for making your personal injury compensation claim.
Get in touch with us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from mobile, and speak to one of our advisors; they will make sure you are not treated like the factory workers of the 19th century, and will make sure that compensation from your free claim in Sheffield is maximised to its fullest extent.