Factory Accident Claims for Compensation
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Factory Accident Claims
Factory accident claims are quite common due to the dangerous nature of some factories and warehouses. An accident in a factory could lead to some very serious injuries, with further financial consequences as a result. If you have been injured whilst working in a factory, you may be able to make a claim against your employer. Contact Beacon Law today to find out if you have grounds to make a claim on a no win, no fee basis.
Common Causes of Factory Accidents
Beacon Law have dealt with a large number of factory accident claims, with many different accident causes. Some of the main causes of accidents that occur in a factory include:
- Slips, trips, and falls – As factories are usually very busy places, it is not uncommon for slip and trip accidents to occur as a result of poor housekeeping or other members of staff leaving products and equipment lying around, posing a risk to all members of staff.
- Manual handling accidents – manual handling tasks are common in factories, and accidents can arise as a result of these tasks for many reasons. Some of the main causes of manual handling accidents include, poor or insufficient training for these types of tasks, failure to complete a proper risk assessment, or lack of lifting equipment to carry out manual handling tasks.
- Dangerous substances and poor working conditions – these can cause long term health issues for many factory workers. Other dangerous substances may cause injuries such as burn injuries.
- Accidents caused by defective equipment or machinery – Defective equipment and machinery can lead to an abundance of factory accidents. The most common examples include, employees getting their hands stuck in machines due to faulty or inadequate finger guards, burn or electric shock injuries from using faulty, unsafe, electrical equipment, or falls from height due to faulty ladders.
- Accidents caused by a lack of PPE – PPE, such as gloves and hats are required for many factory work tasks. If an employer fails to provide PPE, they put their employees at risk of sustaining serious injuries in the workplace.
What You Should Do after a Factory Accident
If you have been involved in an accident during your employment in a factory, there are a number of things you should do after your accident.
- You should report the accident to the factory manager or a supervisor as soon as possible, providing all the details of the accident. You should ensure that the details are recorded in an accident book, make sure all the details are correct, and request a copy of the accident report if possible.
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident if possible, including the thing that caused your accident, whether it was a defective machine, or something on the ground causing you to trip or fall.
- Record the names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible.
- Keep receipts for any expenses incurred as a direct result of the accident.
- Contact Beacon Law to start your claim, or have a free, no obligation, initial conversation with one of our specialist solicitors.
Factory Accident Claims – Your Employer’s Duty of Care
Your employer has a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ,and many other regulations, to provide a safe working environment for all employees. Failure to comply with these regulations will often lead to accidents at work. Your employer’s obligations include a duty to:
- Provide a safe place of work, which is free from hazards or defects.
- Provide adequate training to all members of staff.
- Carry out a full risk assessment of the workplace. In factories which employ more than 5 people, a written version of the risk assessment should be produced.
- Explain all risks and precautions which should be taken to all employees.
- Undertake an adequate risk assessment for tasks carried out in the factory.
- Provide safe working equipment to all staff.
- For manual handling tasks, a risk assessment should be carried out and lifting equipment may be required.
Making a Factory Accident Claim Against Your Employer
It is completely normal to have concerns when making a claim against your employer. You may be worried that your employer will treat you differently or end your employment because you have decided to bring a claim against them. Your employer is not permitted to end your employment or treat you unfairly due to the fact that you are making a claim against them.
You employer is required to have employer’s liability insurance in place to cover them for any claims brought against them; so you can rest assured that your compensation will not come directly from your employers pocket.
There is a three-year time limit on settling personal injury claims, so it is important that you initiate your compensation claim as soon as possible. To find out more about the claims process, have a look at this section on our website.
What Can I Recover in a Factory Accident Claim?
The compensation for your factory accident claim will be split into general damages and special damages. General damages refers to your injuries and will take into account any pain, suffering, and loss of amenity sustained as a result of your accident.
Special damages refers to any additional losses sustained as a direct result of the accident. These losses can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Treatment costs
- Additional care and assistance required as a result of the injuries sustained in the factory accident.
Why Choose Beacon Law to Deal with Your Factory Accident Claims?
Beacon Law are a specialist firm of personal injury lawyers, providing a friendly and professional service to all clients to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. We have dealt with a large number of factory accident claims, as well as many other types of Employer’s Liability Claims.
If you’ve suffered an injury through an accident on in a factory, then contact our specialist personal injury solicitors today for legal advice and assistance on making a claim.
Beacon Law are a highly experienced Personal Injury Solicitor’s firm. We can assist you in pursuing a personal injury claim against your employers for factory accident on a no win, no fee basis. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.