People often get injured in the workplace by objects which fall over and strike or crush them. If this has happened to you, and you are thinking of launching an injury claim in Shropshire but would like to do so online for convenience, why not use the online services of Accident Advice Helpline?
With over 14 years worth of experience in the compensation claim industry, we here at Accident Advice Helpline are now one of the foremost injury claim specialists in the UK. This is as a result of the ‘no win, no fee’ injury claim process we operate, our state-of-the-art website, our high online profile, and the great support and recommendation from the well-known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
The importance of storing goods safely
Storing goods correctly and safely in the workplace is important, as a 50-year-old worker employed in a Basildon joinery company found to his detriment. He was not responsible for inadequately storing the material in question, but he did unfortunately suffer the consequences.
The 50-year-old had been tasked with cutting a number of MDF boards down to size. The boards were stored vertically, leaning against racking. The injury victim had pulled out 3 boards, but as he was pulling out the 4th, 15 of the boards, (each weighing 30 kg) fell on top of him. He suffered 2 collapsed lungs, a fractured collarbone, and 5 fractured ribs, plus gashing his head. He was hospitalised for two weeks.
The ensuing investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that the board’s had not been correctly racked and had been lent in an unsecure position.
Joinery companies should know better
In a statement released after the hearing, the HSE concluded that the risks from falling timber and MDF type material are well documented. In recent years there have been a number of accidents that have caused severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Specialist joinery companies should know better.
The joinery company responsible entered a plea of guilty in terms of a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were fined the sum of £10,000 and instructed to pay a further £598 in costs.
Launching your injury claim in Shropshire online via Accident Advice Helpline
If you work in Shropshire, and you’ve been injured by material falling on you, you will be entitled to claim compensation from your employer. If you would like to launch your injury claim in Shropshire over the Internet, we here at Accident Advice Helpline are the company for you.
You can begin by visiting our website and making use of the HOW MUCH compensation calculator you’ll find there to give you an idea of how much compensation you could be due. It won’t take any more than approximately 30 seconds of your time.
Ways of getting in touch
To find out more, you can text “claim 365” to 88010, or visit our website, or chat to one of our experienced advisers. We operate a free helpline for your convenience. Call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 30th October 2014