You might be surprised to learn that accidents which involve being struck by a moving object in the workplace are not that uncommon. They can happen almost anywhere.
In 2018/19, 10% of accidents in the workplace, including 16 that caused death, involved being hit by a falling object.
Our personal injury team have seen a wide range of injuries of this type over the years. Poorly stacked shelving in a warehouse can fall and hit someone passing by. Power tools that are not secured properly fall off scaffolding. Kegs or barrels that are being moved and roll out of control are more common than you think in the hospitality industry.
Where Do Accidents Involving Moving Objects Happen?
You would think that most workplaces are secure and safe. Unfortunately, there are often hidden dangers and accidents just waiting to happen. We see these types of injuries more often in certain industries:
- Construction: Where people are working at height and tools, or debris fall from scaffolding.
- Warehouses: Where a lot of different products are often stored on high shelves and may be unstable.
- Manufacturing, Supply and Logistics: Where large vehicles like forklift trucks can lose their loads and cause injury.
Waste management, forestry, and agriculture are other industries where you might often see objects falling from a height and causing injury. But you can also see this type of accident in an office, a retail store or even a restaurant kitchen.
Who is Responsible?
Employers have a legal responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act to not only protect employees but anyone visiting their business. Most of the accidents we see due to moving objects are generally avoidable. Business owners need to have the right processes and procedures in place to ensure that their workers are kept safe, or at least as safe as humanly possible.
If an employer was negligent in their approach and someone is injured by a falling or moving object, then an affected employee may well have the right to claim compensation.
An example of this is if there is a dangerous area and it’s not signposted properly warning of potential falling objects, for instance, on a building site.
An employer may also be negligent if they are asking someone to do something they are not trained for, and they cause or are involved in an accident because they didn’t know what they were doing. Not all accidents are preventable, but employers can certainly help reduce the risk to anyone using their premises.
When to See a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been struck by a moving object and it has caused you an injury, you may be able to claim compensation if you can show that the person responsible was negligent. A personal injury lawyer will often give you a free initial consultation to see if you have a case.
If you do, the claim can proceed under a condition called no win no fee. This means the legal team take on your case without charging upfront fees. These are only paid if your claim is successful and once compensation is awarded.
If you think you have the basis for a personal injury claim, contact our expert team today to find out how we can help.