You have probably seen adverts on the television, heard friends talking about it or had a cold call about it but how do you qualify for an injury at work compensation claim? What is a non-fault claim and how do you know if you had one? At Accident Advice Helpline, we would say if you have had an accident in the workplace, call us and we can help advise you if you can make an injury at work compensation claim. It doesn’t take long and it is completely free of charge. Typical reasons why people make a claim are slips, trips and falls. These are normally simple issues or mini dangers in the workplace that cause damage or injury. Here we look at 4 reasons for slips, trips and falls:
1) Wet floors
Pretty obvious but a wet floor causes an extreme hazard. You may think you can avoid a puddle and therefore remain aware and vigilant of dangers, but if the light is poor you may not see the puddle. Also, if it is obstructed from sight, you may not have the time to avoid it, or if you are carrying items you may not be aware of its presence. Even a few drops on a shiny floor can be hazardous and this may not always be visible. Never assume someone else will see an ‘obvious’ hazard. Always take care to clear it up or make others aware of its existence. The actual slip will hurt but the result is normally a fractured wrist, finger or hand where the victim tried to steady themselves. Also, if they are carrying anything at the time, this can land on the victim and cause injury too resulting in an injury at work compensation claim.
People moan about forklift drivers but they will moan about ignorant workers too! Many accidents are avoidable so take some general care when around forklifts to avoid having to make an injury at work compensation claim. If you are the driver, make sure you have excellent visibility, have a siren or buzzer that works and generally keep people aware that you are moving around. If you are a worker listen out for the noise of a forklift, never run in front of one or under the actual forklift in case something tumbles off, and always have an awareness of others around you.
Faulty machinery and poor or little training in machinery can result in an injury at work compensation claim. If you do not understand how to handle a piece of machinery then always ask for assistance and the appropriate training. Many claims for lost fingers or hands each year could be avoided with the correct health and safety training.
4) Over exertion
Don’t try and lift more than you can handle, however tempting. Always follow correct handling procedures for the weight involved, remembering health and safety training you received. Frantic tugging and pushing of large items can also end in an injury at work compensation claim so always seek advice before lifting or maneuvering items and never do anything you think may put your health and safety in danger.
Date Published: 31st August 2012
Author: David Brown