If you’re a young person looking to launch an injury claim in Staffordshire, you should consider using the online ‘no win, no fee’ services that Accident Advice Helpline offer. We have a vast amount of experience in dealing with compensation claims for all sorts of accidents and injuries; injuries in the workplace; injuries in the home; and injuries sustained when you’re just out and about. But we also have in-depth expertise in dealing with injuries sustained by young people in the workplace.
The disadvantage youth and inexperience
Young people can be more vulnerable than older workers due to their lack of workplace experience. Sometimes, of course accidents happen that could involve any sort of worker, be he/she an apprentice or a seasoned factory worker, a qualified engineer, or an office worker. Take the case of a young 18-year-old apprentice who had an accident at a textiles company in Langley.
Worker pulled into rollers of textile machine
The young apprentice was winding some died silk onto a roller to enable it to be removed from the machine he was working on when he spotted a crease in the material. He went to smooth the crease but his fingers became caught and he was pulled into the machines roller up to his armpits. It was necessary to cut him free.
The 18-year-old suffered extensive injuries to his arm, including fractures and nerve damage. To this day he only has limited use of his left hand.
No emergency stop brake in place
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigated, they found there was no system in place that could cut the power off or slow the speed of the rollers in the case of an emergency.
At the subsequent court case, the textiles company entered a guilty plea in terms of breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. They were fined £24,000 and instructed to pay prosecution costs of £4,466.86
The accident could have happened to anyone of any age
In this particular instance, the fact that the injury victim was a young apprentice was neither here nor there. This accident could have happened to anyone of any age and experience.
Since the incident, the company has installed an emergency stop device operated by pull cord, and a “hold to run” button, which when released, automatically stops the machine.
Evaluate your injury claim in Staffordshire before it’s even launched
To evaluate how much compensation you could be awarded for the injury you’ve sustained, before your injury claim in Stafforshire is even launched, you should visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and utilise our HOW MUCH compensation calculator. It’s very simple to use, costs nothing to do so, and will only take 30 seconds of your time.
Checking out how Accident Advice Helpline can help you
To find out more about our ‘no win, no fee’ services ( as recommended by Esther Rantzen), visit our website, or call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 30th October 2014