The press and Insurance companies talk often refer to the idea of ‘health and safety gone mad’ as if the idea of health and safety is now so accepted that there are no risks or dangers now possible or permitted.
The sad fact is that one of the main areas where health and safety is still poorly enforced is in factories, large and small, up and down the country.
Firms are under financial pressure like never before and there is inevitably a risk that one of the areas that they cut back on first is the safety that they offer to their employees.
This is despite the fact that there is a wide spread of law and regulation that they are meant to comply with and often do not. This is despite the best efforts of the Health and Safety Executive who try to enforce and monitor factory safety.
If you have had an accident in a factory it is vital that you get advice quickly as it is essential to preserve any evidence in support of the claim quickly to ensure the best chance of proving the facts of the accident to the satisfaction of the Court.
It is impossible to fully state the range of injuries covered by injuries in the wide range of factories that there are around the country but common situations are as follows:
- Being exposed to harmful or dangerous substances
- Not being given manual handling training and having a back injury as a result
- Using defective work equipment and being injured by the equipment
- Being injured because proper safety equipment or clothing was not provided
- Falling from a ladder
- Being injured due to the carelessness or unsafe acts of fellow employees
- Slipping tripping or falling due to an unsafe system of work or faulty or greasy work surface.
What should I do if I have had an accident in a Factory?
If you have had an accident in a factory you should ensure that you do the following if possible:
- Report the accident to your employer or supervisor and make sure it is recorded in the accident book (your employer is required by law to keep such an accident book recording all injuries in the workplace)
- Take photographs of where you had the accident
- Take photos of your injuries
- Keep a record of any potential witnesses to the accident who may be able to help.
What sort of compensation might you receive?
Compensation for accidents at work is to cover for the pain and suffering and distress caused by the injury and also for any loss of earnings, medical fees, rehabilitation costs- in fact any financial loss that has been caused by the accident.
Are there time limits for bringing a Claim?
As there are strict time limits for bringing your claim if you have had an accident at work within the last three years you should contact O’Neill Injury Solicitors immediately. You are guaranteed to receive prompt and friendly advice from an independent qualified and regulated Solicitor- not a call centre operator or representative of an insurer.
At O’Neill Injury Solicitors you will also speak from the start with a properly qualified and experienced Solicitor who will in most circumstances be the person who takes on the case and who deals with it throughout.