You may be entitled to launch a personal injury compensation claim if you were a victim of an accident at work in Wigan, if it is found that the task you were undertaking in the workplace when your injury occurred, was not previously, correctly risk assessed. Risk assessments form the basis of a good health and safety regime in any company, no matter what industry sector it operates within.
When a risk assessment has not been carried out, or the assessment was not deemed to be thorough enough, the injury risk factor will be considerably increased. Take an incident that happened recently in West Bromwich as an example.
Forklift truck falls 1.2 m off a ramp
The incident in question happened when a forklift driver fractured a vertebrae in his back because the forklift he was driving fell off a ramp. The ramp had been positioned to gain access to allow a truck to be unloaded. This is a standard procedure and is carried out by attaching the ramp to the truck, or trailer and securing it into position with 2 chains. In this particular incident one chain was left off, as nearby, overhanging bushes made it difficult to attach it securely in position.
Risk assessment found to be lacking
Under other circumstances, it could have proved to be negligence on the part of the forklift driver for not attaching chains correctly. However, in this particular instance when the risk assessment for this particular operation was inspected, it was found to be lacking, and did not specify the absolute necessity for both chains to be securely fitted. Therefore the company were found to be liable to pay compensation, which in this particular instance amounted to some £8,000 plus costs.
Have you been the victim of an accident at work in Wigan?
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in your workplace in Wigan, and you wish to launch a Wigan accident at work claim for financial compensation via Accident Advice Helpline’s ‘no win, no fee*’ service (as recommended by Esther Rantzen); in order to give your claim the best chance of succeeding, the following prerequisites need to be observed.
- The blame for the accident that caused the injury must lay with someone other than the injury victim
- The injury needs to be significant enough to warrant the raising of a claim
- The accident/injury must have taken place within the three years immediately preceding the date of the claim
- The injury victim will need to be able to supply medical proof substantiating the nature and severity of the injury
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For expert help and advice after being the victim of an accident at work in Wigan, call or text us at Accident Advice Helpline now for expert legal advice.
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