Factory Accident Claims

If you have been involved in a factory accident, you need to consider who can be held accountable for you injuries. If someone else is to blame (such as your employer) then you will be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. For more information, contact a work accident solicitor as soon as possible.

Factory Work Accidents

Factories are, by their very nature, a hazardous working environment. Often a large number of employees will be working alongside each other operating heavy machinery, driving factory vehicles, dealing with chemicals and carrying out manual handling. Thus not only is there a lot of activity occurring in one place, there are also many potential risks to an employee’s health.

Considering the dangers posed to factory workers, it is hardly surprising that accidents do occur. Although the amount of employee injuries has decreased dramatically since the 1980s, factory accidents still happen on a regular basis. Given the varied nature of factories, such accidents may arise in any number of ways. Some of the most common include:-

  • Slips, trips and falls – eg. oil on the factory floor;
  • Machinery-related accidents – eg. absence of safety guard;
  • Vehicle-related accidents – eg. poorly maintained fork-lift truck;
  • Crush injuries – eg. finger crushed in machinery;
  • Chemical accidents;
  • Lifting/manual handling injuries;
  • Lack of personal protective equipment;
  • Lack of training and/or supervision;
  • Incompetent work colleagues.

When a factory worker is involved in an accident, the consequences can be extremely serious, with injuries ranging from burns to limb deformity.

Preventing Factory Accidents

Factory accidents cannot, however, be excused just because it is a hazardous working environment. The risks associated with working in a factory should be reduced as much as is reasonably practicable. This is a legal obligation, and is one that falls directly to an employer to carry out.

Indeed, employers must protect the health, safety and well-being of staff while they are in the workplace. This duty should begin with a risk assessment, during which all the hazards presented by the factory environment are identified. Measures to minimise the risks should then be implemented. This should be tailored to suit the specific working environment, but may include providing personal protective equipment, enforcing a safe system of work, giving the necessary training and regularly inspecting machinery.

Claiming for a Factory Accident

If, however, your employer fails to carry out ‘reasonably practicable’ measures to reduce the risks within the factory, he/she will have breached their legal duty to protect you. If you suffer an injury as a direct result of this breach, you will be entitled to make a work accident claim. If you think this could apply to you, contact a solicitor today, as you could stand to receive a significant sum of compensation.

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