Factories can be extremely hazardous places to work. Not only is the nature of work demanding but employees can also come into contact with heavy machinery, equipment parts and harmful materials. This can increase the chances of a workplace accident .
Employers have a duty to ensure that health and safety regulations are being met and full training is given to each employee.
It is also the duty of the employer to ensure that:
- Floors are kept clean and dry to avoid slips and falls
- Correct safety uniforms be supplied
- Machinery should be safe guarded
- Eye, ear and hand protection should be widely available
- Full training be given when operating fork lift trucks.
Failure to ensure a safe working environment can lead to various accidents; from slips, trips and falls to more serious accidents such as chemical injuries, hearing loss or even fatalities.
Employers are required by law to ensure that you are being protected against the risk of an accident or injury at work. This means providing sufficient training, supervision, a safe working environment and equipment which is fit for purpose. If any of this is missing or faulty then the consequences can be catastrophic. Insufficient protection increases the risk of an accident which can lead to serious injury or death.
Factory Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions
To find out more on factory accident compensation claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in handling welding accident claims. You can reach them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
A strict three-year time limit applies to making an accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
- Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have suffered a personal injury from an accident at a factory site there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.
You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you’re providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
Anyone who has been injured in a factory accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to your own accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.