Accidents at Work

Accident in the Workplace

The workplace should be a safe haven where you can concentrate on doing the job you specialise in for your employer. You are there for the benefit of your employer, making him/her money and that should be respected. Wherever you work, you should feel safe and secure. Your personal safety should never be called into question.

Sadly, this is not always the case and in some circumstances the workplace can become highly dangerous. If your employer is putting your safety and that of your colleagues at risk then they are susceptible to Accident Compensation Claims.

Different workplaces bring with them their own risks and problem areas.

Heavy Lifting. Lifting objects is an almost daily exercise for factory and industrial workers. Lifting objects in the wrong way can lead to pain and injury. If correct lifting techniques have not been imparted by the employer then they may be liable for compensation. Any employee who has injured themselves through lifting without correct tutoring are entitled to make an Accident Compensation Claim. Additionally, the objects lifted must be of reasonable weight and size. The routes and walkways where objects are to be carried through must be safe and large enough to manoeuvre the object through. Incorrect heavy lifting can lead to back pain and spasms.

Faulty Work Equipment. All equipment used by factory and industry workers must be regularly checked and tested to ensure that it is working correctly and safely. The employer is considered negligent if the equipment is faulty and is liable if an injury is caused. A wide range of injuries can occur due to faulty equipment: sprained and broken bones, flesh wounds, loss of limb, head trauma, back pains.

Poor Design of Workplace Layout. If a job requires a large degree of manoeuvrability then the layout of the workspace must reflect that. Narrow walkways are dangerous for high volumes of traffic or individuals lifting objects or operating machinery. Mobile machinery needs considerable room to move and manoeuvre, if this is not granted it can jeopardise the safety of the employee operating the machinery and those around it. Poor design of workplace layout can lead to a wide range of injuries including sprained and broken bones, flesh wounds, loss of limb and paralysis amongst others.

Dangerous Substances used at Work. Full and thorough training must be provided by employers regarding safe handling of hazardous substances such as chemicals. These substances must all be properly stored in the correct equipment and in the correct environment. Failure to provide full training and correct storage is negligence on the part of the employer and an Accident Compensation Claim can be made. Negligence of dangerous substance safety can lead to burns, skin infections, eye infections and loss of function in the affected area.

Furthermore; standards of presentation for all employees must be clear. Hair and loose clothing can get caught in machinery leading to injury of the afflicted party. If hair can get caught in machinery then hair nets should be provided and loose clothing removed or covered. It is the responsibility of the employer to maintain these standards.

Slips, Trips and Falls. Many offices are often incredibly busy with a lot of people, machines and objects contained. This leads to many slip, trip and fall hazards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; office workers are twice as likely to suffer a disabling fall than non-office workers. Tripping over open desks, file drawers, electrical wires, loose carpeting or unmanned objects are common accidents. Unstable furniture such as chairs can lead to a fall. If the lighting in the office is inadequate, compromising the vision of the employees then a fall could occur. Any of these misdemeanours are the responsibility of the employer and would be liable. Slips, trips and falls can lead to injuries such as sprained and broken bones, head trauma and flesh wounds.

Heavy Lifting. Whilst not as commonplace as the heavy lifting in factories and industrial workplaces, safe lifting techniques still needs to be observed in the office. Lifting safety techniques must be taught and clear to all employees. Failure to do so is negligence on the part of the employer and could face an Accident Compensation Claim.

Unsafe Workplace Layout. Employees need to be able to move and manoeuvre about the workplace safely and comfortably. Offices are often filled with large units and machinery such as copiers, fax machines and computer systems. An injury due to the unsafe placement of any of these objects is the responsibility of the employer.

Unfit Worksation Ergonomics. Workstation ergonomics are all of the factors that make up your workstation such as screen height, chair support and desk position. If these are uncomfortable the prolonged exposure can lead to muscoskeletal problems in your neck, shoulders and back. Unfit workstation ergonomics can also create poor posture, eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Your employer is obliged to provide workstation ergonomics that are beneficial to your health, failure to do so is negligence.

Heavy Lifting. Employees working in the retail and hospitality industries are often expected to lift heavy loads. Lifting safety techniques must be taught and clear to all employees. Failure to do so is negligence on the part of the employer and could face an Accident Compensation Claim.

Slips, Trips and Falls. With the wide range of goods and objects in many shops, bars, cafes and restaurants; slips, trips and falls are always a danger. There are many trip hazards such as loose wires, loose carpets, unmanned objects, dropped goods and furnishings. It is the responsibility of the employer to maintain clear and safe walk routes and paths. Restaurants, bars and cafes are danger spots for slips due to their heavy use of liquids. It is common for these to be spilt but they need to be marked and cleared instantly. 'Caution Slippery Floor' signs need to be readily available when a spill is made. If there are open gaps or unsigned staircases, then falls can occur. If the employer does not provide all of these safety measurements then they are considered negligent and are liable. If you are the victim of a slip, trip or fall in the workplace then you could be entitled to make an Accident Compensation Claim.

Poor Design of Workplace Layout. Many retail and hospitality employees are expected to move around the workplace at pace. If the layout is not safe for this to be done, then the employer is considered negligent. Poor design of workplace layout can lead to slips, trips, falls and well as impact injuries.

Industrial diseases are the illnesses and afflictions that are suffered directly due to a workplace past or present. These diseases can take a long time to manifest themselves and could become apparent years after leaving a job. You can make an Accident Compensation Claim if you have suffered from an industrial disease within 20 years of leaving the industry. Industrial Diseases include:

Lung Disease. Exposure to the dust in coal mines can lead to Pneumoconiosis. Both of this can strongly decrease the standard of living. Pneumoconiosis leads to significantly reduced breath making even everyday tasks difficult or even impossible. If you suffer from the affliction as consequence of coal mining work then you could be entitled to make an Accident Compensation Claim.

Asbestos. Exposure to asbestos can manifest itself in significant health problems later in life. Asbestos flakes can perforate the lung wall when it has been breathed in. This often leads to breathing difficulties.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is prevalent amongst those who have worked closely with boilers, gas fires, gas cookers, central heating, water heaters, generators and barbeques. The poisoning can lead to fatigue, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, headache, flue, confusion, drowsiness and lack of co-ordination. These factors may make it impossible to continue your professional and personal life. If your life has negatively suffered then you could be entitled to make an Accident Compensation Claim. Serious exposure can cause cardiac failure, respiratory failure, neurological effects and convulsions.

ermatitis. Largely caused by exposure to cleaning chemicals; dermatitis is common amongst professions such as catering, cleaning, printing, engineering, agriculture and healthcare workers. The pain and loss of function cause by dermatitis can have an adverse effect on health.

Industrial Deafness. Caused by constant exposure to loud machinery without the correct safety devices; industrial deafness is an incurable affliction. The deafness can lead to personal and professional problems and the sufferers are entitled to make an Accident Compensation Claim.

Vibration White Finger. Also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome or dead finger; vibration white finger is caused by continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery. A form of Raynauds's syndrome, the affliction can lead to loss of manual dexterity, loss of colour and numbness. These effects can lead to an interrupted personal and professional life.

Lead Poisoning. People who have been exposed to lead are liable to contract lead poisoning. Accidental ingestion of lead can lead to diarrhoea, nausea, confusion, seizures, kidney damage and infertility. The insurmountable effects on life entitles the sufferers to make Accident Compensation Claims.

There are four simple steps to take to help you make your Accident at Work Claim:

1. Retain all the information available about the accident.

2. Report the accident to the appropriate authorities. This allows for the correct legal procedures to begin.

3. Seek medical attention. As well as helping you begin your rehabilitation process, the injuries will be imparted onto your medical record. The medical attention will detail the possible repercussions that your injury may have on your livelihood.

4. Call Ocean Accident Claims and talk to our team of skilled, professional Injury Solicitors on 0141 442 0122.

If you or someone in your family were not at fault for the accident and have suffered subsequent injury caused by an Accident at Work then you could be entitled to make an Accident Compensation Claim. For helpful advice, call our team of skilled, professional Injury Solicitors on 0141 442 0122.

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