Accidents at work
The law imposes high standards of care on employers to ensure the safety of people who work for them, although the government has bowed to pressure to ease the so-called "compensation culture" and make it harder for injured workers to obtain compensation.
Employers’ liability cases are wide ranging and varied. We have acted for many people injured in numerous ways, including:-
Factory workers with back, shoulder and facial injuries after slipping on wet floors or tripping over trailing pipes and cables
A warehouseman who suffered head injuries after falling from height because of an unsafe system of operation of a forklift truck
A serviceman with hearing loss and tinnitus following prolonged exposure to helicopter noise, vibration and percussion
A plumbing engineer whose finger was almost severed because of being required to work without adequate protective gloves
A meat factory worker whose finger was left hanging by a thread after being caught in an unguarded bandsaw
A young farmer’s daughter crushed by a bull and consequently suffering psychiatric as well as physical injury
A junior manager with serious depression and stress-related illness after being forced to work excessive hours, refused holiday, bullied.
Very often the key to succeeding in these cases is reliance upon one or more of the “six pack” regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Recently, the government has legislated to reduce their effectiveness but they remain relevant and so does a good working knowledge of the standards they impose as a guide to what is or is not negligent.
These include the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. There are many subsequent regulations governing noise, vibrations, chemicals, working at height and even more specific controls relevant to places and substances such as electricity, explosives, harbours and even confined spaces!
We have access to all of these materials as well as long experience and understanding of the key concepts and most frequently invoked provisions.
Claims for compensation in this field will not only include injury claims but also claims for loss of earnings and in serious cases future care costs. In the worst situations there may be fatal accident claims for bereaved dependants.
If you have suffered any type of injury, physical or psychological, at work and would like to know if you are entitled to make a claim then contact us without delay by email or telephone 01460 200450.