Working in an industrial environment can be hazardous. Along with an increased risk of accidents comes tighter health and safety regulations designed to limit any injuries that may occur in an industrial workplace. However, despite these rules, many people are injured at work every year. For those who are still unfortunately involved in an accident, industrial injury benefits exist to protect you from the implications of your physical injuries, and their emotional and financial impact.
What types of industrial accidents are entitled to compensation?
Accidents that have happened in an industrial working environment may be entitled to industrial injury benefits. It is useful to have a clear understanding of the eligibility criteria to ensure that you are able to spot an opportunity for making a claim. If you or a colleague are injured at work, then it will be of benefit to make a claim as soon as possible, so this information is very useful.
Industrial accidents may include:
- Equipment failure;
- Accidents involving dangerous chemicals;
- Slips, trips or falls;
- Exposure to extreme temperatures;
- Exposure to radiation; and
- Falling objects.
Types of employer negligence
To determine whether someone else was to blame for your accident, you will need to find out if your employer was negligent. Whilst this may be immediately obvious in some cases, in other instances it may be more difficult to identify when your employer is to blame. Some common instances of negligence include:
- Health and safety non-compliance;
- Lack of training for yourself or your colleagues;
- Improper maintenance of equipment; and
- Lack of safety equipment, safety clothing and safety guidelines.
If you believe that your accident was caused by your employer’s negligence, you should take steps towards claiming for compensation as soon as you can.
Claiming industrial injury benefits
To make your industrial injury benefits claim, you should get in touch with a compensation provider such as Accident Advice Helpline. Being involved in an industrial accident is a very traumatic experience, but we will ensure that you are able to make a claim without adding to your existing stress levels.
To make your claim, simply call our 24-hour advice line on 0800 689 0500 or fill out our short online claim form. If you would like to get an idea of how much you may be entitled to receive in compensation, you can use our 30-second calculator.
Most cases can be made via the telephone, meaning that you can avoid lengthy meetings and instead make your claim from the comfort of your home. Many claimants will not be required to attend court, doing away with a further source of anxiety.