Occupational claims can arise from all forms of employment and in all work places. They may involve dangerous chemicals, electrical or mechanical hazards or slips, trips or falls over obstacles that should not have been there. The common element in all occupational accidents is this – if the accident was not the employee’s own fault then a personal injury lawyer in Appin may be hired. Accident Advice Helpline is a legal firm who can help with this sort of case. They can handle all of the legal aspects of a case on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means that the claimant (the injured person) does not have to pay any up front legal fees.
A common area of employment in the UK is in motor vehicle repair shops – where customers take their cars to be repaired and serviced. This can be a hazardous place to work if all of the health and safety issues are not dealt with correctly. Here are some of the hazards that could result in an occupational injury lawyer Appin claim at motor vehicle repair shops.
Potential hazards in occupational injury lawyer Appin cases from motor vehicle repair shops
- Chest diseases – a motor vehicle repair shop can quickly become full of noxious gases that are emitted from car exhaust pipes. It is sometimes necessary to run a car engine in order to try and find out if it has a fault. It also indicates whether a fault has been successfully repaired. Unfortunately, this practice can expose employees to exhaust gases and these gases contain harmful chemicals. Prolonged and repeated exposure can lead to chest diseases and that includes cancer – although this can take many years to develop. There are methods of extracting exhaust gases from the work environment – such as a hose which fits onto the car’s exhaust pipe. These will reduce the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.
- Facial injuries – many work tasks at a motor vehicle repair shop would involve inflating a tyre and this uses air that is compressed under a great force. If the tyre splits or becomes loose from the wheel then this happens in an explosive way and the blast is often directed at the face of the employee. Extremely serious facial injuries can result and fatalities have been reported for this type of accident. A safe system of work for this task would involve using a compressor that had the gauge a long way from the chuck that fits to the tyre. This means that the employee can stand well away from the tyre as it is being inflated. If an explosion does occur then they are less likely to be hurt and their injuries are likely to be much less serious.
- Rolling road crushing injuries – rolling roads are revolving drums which can trap hands and feet and cause crushing injuries. Adequate guarding and training are the two main methods for preventing this sort of injury.
Date Published: 16th December 2013
Author: David Brown