The local government district of North East Derbyshire had a population of 99,023 in 2011. Once a major coal producer, the mines here closed in the 1980s, leaving many people without work. Today, regeneration has taken place and employment is available in business parks in warehousing and distribution. Working in a warehouse or factory doesn’t have to be a dangerous job, but if your employer takes a negligent approach to health and safety then they could be putting you at risk. If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident then Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make an injury claim in North East Derbyshire, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
How were you injured at work?
Workplace accidents are often the result of negligence, and your employer has a responsibility to ensure you are safe whilst you’re at work. Being injured in an accident at work is the last thing anybody expects when they go to work for the day, but workplace accidents are not uncommon, and you could sustain minor or serious injuries. Warehouses are often a hive of activity, with heavy goods vehicles such as forklifts, heavy crates and boxes and other hazards which could easily lead to an accident occurring. Here are just a few examples of the most common accidents we have handled injury claims in North East Derbyshire for:
- Forklift accidents – for example, a forklift pinning somebody against a wall or running over their foot, or overturning and injuring the operator and bystanders
- Manual handling accidents – Lifting heavy boxes and crates without using the proper technique can lead to serious back or neck injuries. Training should be provided by your employer
- Objects falling from height accidents – You could be struck by objects falling from shelves or vehicles and sustain head or spinal injuries
- Crushing accidents – You could be crushed by a vehicle such as forklift or drop heavy boxes or items onto your feet, causing crush injuries to your feet and toes
Personal protective equipment such as safety boots goes a long way to ensure that you are not injured whilst working in a warehouse, and it’s up to your employer to enforce the wearing of PPE. They also need to ensure that warehouse staff are competent and have received the proper training.
Are you entitled to make an injury claim in North East Derbyshire?
You could be entitled to make a claim with us if you have been injured at work and your employer (or a colleague) was to blame for your accident. We’ll usually need to see copies of medical reports detailing your injuries and the treatment you have received and we may also need to see your company’s accident book, in which your accident should be recorded – this is why it’s important to report any accident, however small, to your employer immediately. Provided your accident happened in the last three years, we should be able to help, and you can call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to find out more about making a claim.
Date Published: 13th September 2017
Author: Rob Steen