Being a tree surgeon may not seem like a dangerous line of work, but, like any profession, it has many hazards that could cause serious injuries to those involved. Not only must tree surgeons work with potentially dangerous tools, but they also work at heights and at properties which could have their own hazards and risks to deal with. It should be no surprise that sometimes they are injured at work in Cornwall, and that the accidents are not always their own fault.
If you have been injured in an accident working as a tree surgeon that wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to make a no win no fee compensation claim to see what our in house solicitors might be able to do for you.
Common Accidents and Injuries
There are many different ways in which a tree surgeon may be injured at work in Cornwall, in fact, there are so many different ways that it is impossible to list them all. However, any of the following could entitle you to make a no win no fee compensation claim. These could include:
- Dangerous Machinery: Tree surgeons are required to use dangerous machinery and tools, such as chainsaws and stump grinders, when working with trees. These are extremely hazardous tools which could cause serious lacerations and even amputations if they are faulty through improper maintenance, or because of unsafe practices.
- Falling Objects: With people working at heights, and tall trees above your head, there is a risk of branches and other objects falling on those below. These could cause not only bruises and broken bones, but potentially serious head and brain traumas.
- Falling From Heights: When working up trees or ladders, there is always the risk of falling. The potential for danger is increased when you are working at heights with power tools. Personal protective equipment, such as hard hats and harnesses, should be provided to reduce the risk of falling and injury.
- Occupational Diseases: These could include Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, through the use of vibrating power tools, and Occupational Deafness, from loud tools and machinery. Some of the substances required in this line of work, such as fertilisers, could also cause dermatitis or other diseases.
Whatever the injury or the accident, it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure your safety in any work environment by preforming risk assessments, regular maintenance on tools and equipment, and providing the correct and necessary personal protective equipment. If this has not been the case then you could be entitled to make a no win no fee compensation claim for the compensation you need at this difficult time.
Claiming compensation for being injured at work in Cornwall
All you have to do to make a no win no fee compensation claim is contact our Accident Advice Helpline directly and take our 30 second test. This will help you find out if your claim is eligible and how much compensation you might deserve. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 15th December 2014
Author: David Brown