There are many types of accidents, some of which are job-specific. You are not likely to see a gardener drive a mower off an oil rig, after all. If you are a hairdresser, then you work with electrical equipment near water — never a good mix! If you work on a construction site, you are in danger of falling from a height or from being struck by a falling object.
Even office workers can get repetitive strain injury — classed as a work-related illness and so a personal injury for which you can claim compensation from your employer — from working on a computer all day. There are, then, many reasons why you might be looking for an injury claim in Keighley lawyer online or in a phonebook.
Accidents and tree surgeons
Tree surgeons can typically have accidents which involve the following:
- Falling from a height;
- Working with dangerous machinery; and
- Being hit by falling branches or trees.
Falls from heights can cause fatal or serious injury, so if you work at heights you need to do a risk assessment before doing the work. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 are designed to protect everyone who has to work at heights, stating that everyone who works at heights should be issued with the appropriate safety equipment, including harnesses, and risks should be reduced as much as possible after a risk assessment has been carried out. Also, everyone should have received proper training and all equipment for the job should be well-maintained and regularly checked to ensure it is in a good condition. It is advisable for tree surgeons not to work alone.
Some of the dangerous machinery that tree surgeons use are chainsaws and stump grinders. By law, anyone who operates a chainsaw must have received proper training in its use and must wear appropriate protective clothing. Injuries can include lacerations and the need for amputation of a limb or fingers and toes.
Tree surgeons should always wear a safety helmet while working at ground level because of the danger of being hit by falling branches, or even by a colleague falling from a tree.
Your accident injury claim in Keighley lawyers
If you or a close relative have suffered a personal injury in an accident in the workplace or elsewhere, you should contact an accident injury claim in Keighley solicitor and discuss the case to find out if you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. You will need to file a claim within three years of the date of the accident.
The same is true with a work-related illness. You should file a claim within three years of first being diagnosed with the illness. You will need to find an accident injury claim in Keighley solicitor who has the experience to deal with a claim for your type of accident or injury.
If you are unable to find a solicitor with the expertise to deal with your case, you could contact Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with a team of expert solicitors who specialise in personal injury compensation claims. Call us for free expert advice at any time on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 11th September 2013
Author: David Brown