Factories play a pivotal role in the economy and help produce many of the products we use every day. Nearly 3 million people work in manufacturing in the UK, many of them operating potentially dangerous machinery.
Employers have a duty of care and legal obligation to protect the people who work for them, whatever the industry. This is even more important in a factory setting.
Machinery that is not maintained properly or staff who are not properly trained, present a risk to individual health and safety. There are some 3,000 serious injuries in factory settings each year.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured in a Factory Accident
There are a wide variety of factory settings around the UK. Heavy and complicated machinery can be difficult to operate. There may be hazardous chemicals involved in the production process. On top of that, there may be vehicles on site such as forklift trucks that present safety challenges.
If you have been injured in a factory accident and your employer was at fault, then you may be able to claim compensation.
The sort of negligence we often see in a factory setting are businesses that don’t provide the appropriate safety equipment, have dangerous operating practices to save time or money, and companies that don’t properly train their staff to operate machinery.
Injuries can vary from chemical burns, loss of limbs, illnesses due to exposure to toxins, falls and trips because of poorly maintained floors. Repetitive strain injuries are also common in factory settings. Hearing damage after long exposure to noise on the factory floor is also a common cause of a claim.
How We Help You Claim
Some laws relating to health and safety have made a huge difference over the last few decades, others are a little vaguer. In many circumstances, employers are directed that they only have to take reasonable care – it doesn’t mean the need to eliminate all risk.
As a personal injury solicitor, we have a lot of experience in dealing with claims following a factory accident. First of all, it’s important to collect as much evidence at the time or shortly after the accident. Then it’s vital to sit down with a qualified factory accident personal injury lawyer to see where you stand.
This service is offered free and most personal injury lawyers will provide an hour-long consultation to discuss your potential claim. We also provide a no win no fee service which means you don’t need to find the upfront cost of the legal action. It’s taken out of the awarded compensation once your claim has been successfully settled. You do not have to pay fees if the claim fails in court.
Compensation can help you recover lost earnings if you were unable to work, help with recovery from your injury, and make adjustments to your daily living if you are left with a disability. It can also be awarded for the psychological damage the injury may have caused.
If you have been the victim of an accident in a factory setting, it’s essential to talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us today to see how we can help.