Any worker employed in the waste-collection, disposal or management sectors will be aware that needle stick or sharps injuries are a real hazard for them. Their employer should also be acutely aware of this risk that is faced by their workforce and should have carried out a thorough risk assessment of all work tasks.
Once all of the hazards have been identified they should have put procedures in place to minimise the risks.
If this has not been done by your employer and you have suffered a needle stick or sharps injury then you may be able to start a Highams Park waste related claim.
This is when Accident Advice Helpline gives you the legal assistance that you need to claim compensation from the person or organisation that was to blame for your injury – often your employer. Accident Advice Helpline will handle your case on a no win no fee basis.
Why would a refuse worker need to start a waste related claim?
Refuse workers can be exposed to needles in the material that they handle every day at work. A needle injury is caused by the needle or other sharp object puncturing the skin. Needles can be found in all types of refuse material including:
- Rubbish bags – the needles can be in bags themselves, lying on the top of bags or even pushed through the knot at the top of bags
- Old bedding and clothing – including in pockets
- Public toilets – in the refuse bins and in the general building
- Discarded litter – they can be hidden in cigarette packets or wrapped up in sweet wrappers or placed in old drinks bottles or in drinks cans
- Sink U bends – refuse workers who are required to clear out old bathroom fittings may be exposed in this way
- Demolition materials – people may discard needles in derelict buildings which later have to be demolished and refuse workers may be involved in clearing the site.
What are the risks involved in a Highams Park waste related claim?
A worker who has started a Highams Park waste related claim because they have been injured by a needle may have one or several of the following health problems:
- Blood borne diseases (AIDS, Hepatitis B) – these are diseases that are carried in the blood. If the discarded needle contains traces of infected blood and it pierces another person’s skin then they can acquire the infection.
- Physical injury from the sharp object – the sharp object or needle can cause a puncture wound.
- Tetanus – any dirty object that punctures the skin has the potential to cause tetanus
Preventing waste related claims
Employers have a duty to protect their workers from waste-related needle injuries by putting safety precautions in place. Some of these precautions will relate to providing the worker with information and training about this hazard and training in what to do if they are injured to minimise the chances of infection.
Contact an injury claim solicitor in Highams Park
So for expert legal advice from an injury claim solicitor in Highams Park about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.