Have you had an industrial accident at work?
If you have been hurt or injured in an industrial accident at work, that was not your fault, it is always worth talking to us at Accident Advice Helpline. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 about your situation to see if you can make a compensation claim. Here we will take a look at four of the most common work related industrial injuries.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Doing the same job day in day out will obviously put a strain on your joints and muscles. The body is built to absorb shock and pressure but the repetition of some movements in a concentrated area will naturally lead to some injuries.
Tissue and ligament damage can be caused through pure repetitive movement over a long period of time. So repetitive strain injury or RSI is a term used to describe any damage to tendons, tissues, nerves, ligaments through constant use. Unfortunately this condition is incredibly common as employers do not always carry out an initial assessment to look at the likelihood of RSI and therefore, no steps are put in place to prevent this injury. RSI is an industrial accident at work that could be prevented.
Health & Safety concerns
Not following Health and Safety guidelines can be due to ignorance, forgetfulness or a blatant disregard of the regulations. Whatever the reason, many accidents can occur which could have been prevented by following the Health and Safety Act. Simple slips, trips and falls can contribute to an industrial accident at work that can easily be avoided with some basic safety inspections before each shift. Lifting, pulling, pushing and holding incorrectly are major contributors to an accident at work and simple health and safety training could educate the employee correctly.
Vibration White Finger
This is a common condition for manual workers using vibrating work equipment such as pneumatic drills. This constant vibration affects the blood vessels, joints, muscles, tissues, tendons and ligaments and therefore, can cause vibration, tingling, loss of movement and pain in joints and limbs. Employees should be trained in the safe usage of vibrating hand held machinery but as many manual workers are self-employed, this training may not be enforced as often as possible and can cause an industrial accident at work.
Industrial deafness defined as an industrial accident at work
This condition is still common despite several important steps being taken by many employers. Ear defenders and ear plugs should be readily available in most environments and training should be provided on how to use these and in which circumstances. Regular assessments should be carried out to determine the level of noise and how long an employee should be around the equipment to avoid this accident in work occurring.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for help for an industrial accident at work. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 4th August 2013
Author: David Brown