Factory Accident Injury Compensation Claims

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Most employers do all they can to ensure their staff won’t be injured by making sure the workplace is as safe as possible. However, some don’t take the safety of staff seriously and when this happens in a busy and potentially dangerous environment like a factory, the risk of injury becomes very high. Here, the possibility that staff members could have an accident at work and end up needing to make a claim for injury compensation greatly increases.

Production lines and factories present a number of foreseeable health dangers to employees. In all workplaces, an employer has a duty of care to make sure that their employees’ safety is of paramount importance and that proper training and safety monitoring are in place. Companies that fail to adequately manage their employees safety and breach regulations can face severe consequences.

If you work in a factory or on a production line, you will undoubtedly be tasked with using machinery, some of which could easily cause injury if it is used incorrectly or if the machinery is not safe and regularly serviced. Whether that machinery is for cutting, lifting or moving items there are real dangers to the health of employees and when things go wrong, accident at work compensation claims arise.

Sensible employers take steps to make sure that their staff receive adequate and regular training to ensure that they use the machinery that they need to perform their work in the safest and most sensible way. When this kind of training and guidance is provided, the risk of an employee being injured in an accident in the workplace is massively reduced, as are the volume of injury compensation claims. In both factories and construction sites, employers usually ensure the safety of their staff with strict adherence to health and safety laws. Most employers realise that health and safety management is no bad thing.

If you have been injured in an accident at work in a factory or production line and your employer has not given you training, didn’t give you a workplace induction and has not monitored your use of dangerous machinery (or even provided basic safety guidelines or clothing) you are more than likely to have a valid claim for injury compensation.

At Direct2Compensation, we understand that you will have concerns and questions and may be worried about whether making a claim for injury compensation will be bad for your employer. In short, the answer is that it will not be. You have every right to pursue a claim for injury compensation if the reason that you were injured is as a result of the negligence of your employer.

As with all claims, it is particularly important that you ensure that the details of your accident have been reported to the right people and recorded within an accident book. Should you have any questions about the importance of an accident book record or want to know what to do if your employer refuses you access to an accident book, contact us to discuss how this could affect your claim for injury compensation.

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Hi, I started work with a sandwich factory in 2016 as a night production worker. Initially I worked five nights (of 12 hours per night) a week and months later began to work 4 nights (of 12 hours per night) a week. Standing for 12 hours every night in a very cold environment and handling very cold ingredients that got my hands frozen in spite of the gloves provided, I later began to feel pain in my ankles and knees in 2017. I endured this situation until January 2019 when I could not endure it any longer. I took my annual leave and when that ran out, I took sick leave for two months. After a telephone conversation with Occupational Therapy, I have been told that I can leave the job on the grounds of incapability. Am I entitled to any compensation?

Ian Morris

It is hard to advise on the basis of the brief insight to your working conditions and there could be an issue proving a causal link between the cold working environment and your health conditions. However, this is clearly a situation that should be looked in to further as there may well be a claim that should be pursued.


I was working for a company in a factory with large machines. One day I was put on an old machine that was being unused, my only training on this machine was by someone who spoke no english. I brought this to my product manager’s attention along with the fact that the unloading system seemed to have been a poorly constructed DIY bar for lifting off the rolls. My product manager disregarded my concerns, and said it would cost too much money to get a proper unloading system. 6 months later said DIY unloading system failed and hit me directly in the head causing a white flash and a 3 day long headache. When I returned to work my product manager didn’t ask if I was alright and was instead concerned that I didn’t return to work. Our health and safety officer had already told him that under the hospitals advice I was not going to be returning for that time. Also when at the end of this conversation he referred to me as “what a fanny” degrading me and making light of what could have been a fatal workplace injury.

Ian Morris

The scenario you describe is a clear example of employer negligence. Not only did you put your employer (Production Manager) on notice that you had not received adequate training to use the machine in question, but there was also a dangerous and inadequate unloading system that you again advised the employer of. The fact that both serious Health & Safety concerns were ignored by your employer would give me confidence that you would be able to succeed with a claim for compensation against the employer.

You may want to read more about employer negligence and claiming compensation. We would be very happy to assist you with the claims process.


I work in a factory. Whilst moving from one job to another I was distracted by a senior member of staff calling an order, I tripped and fell over a pallet. There is no clear walkway from one work station to another and it is always cluttered with boxes etc. I fell and broke my arm. I will be off work for up to 5 weeks. I don’t want to claim but I can’t afford to be without pay for this length of time, and also don’t want another member of staff having a similar accident. Do I have a claim?

Ian Morris

Your employer has a responsibility under the Health and Safety at work act to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible and that hazards that could cause injury are removed. In the scenario you describe, it would appear that there has been employer negligence here and you can seek to make a claim against your employer for the injuries and loss of income you have sustained as a result.

The point you make about not wanting to make a claim against your employer is a commonly made one. However, the loss of income that you will suffer because of their negligence is a very understandable motivating factor in leaving you no choice but to pursue your legal right to claim compensation.


Hi I work in a warehouse and on 22nd aug I went to work as normal and was working on a line putting boxes through a machine that tapes boxes when my hand got caught in it. I quickly managed to get my hand out but found it had to lacerations eg looked like friction burns, went to one of managers nathan who is a first aider who took me into canteen area and clean and bandaged me up. He asked me if I wanted to go home and I said no I would stay and work my shift. The reason I did not go home is because people in that workpkace are scared to have time off as never get asked to work again if off sick. Nathan said he would log it in accident book by end of shift never did, went into work following day to do my shift and get it logged in accident book but still wasn’t done, hand was hurting but couldn’t afford not to work didn’t go to doctors though nathan kept changing my bandage 3rd day nathan still not done it so in end chris another manger did it for me as he didn’t think it was right taking that long to fill an accident report in. Chris was not even on shift when my accident happened but filled it in for me which was good of him my left hand has 2 scars on the second and third finger due to getting caught in machine, there was no health and safety in force at the time of my accident, what can I do, do I have a claim?

Ian Morris

On the basis of what you have said, I feel you have a strong and viable claim for accident at work compensation and we’d like to help you pursue this if you wish to do so. You mentioned a lack of Health & Safety training/management in place when you had your accident and with this in mind, I would say that your employer has been guilty of negligence towards your health and safety whilst at work.

When asking employees to use machinery, it is vitally important that employers take two steps to do as much as they can to provide a safe environment for their workers. Firstly, all employees using machinery at work should be given training to make sure that they know how to operate the machine safely. Secondly, all machinery should have safety guards fitted to minimise the risk of clothing, hands, arms etc get caught in the machinery.

In this case, it sounds like your employer has failed to uphold their obligations towards your safety at work and I would think you’d have a very good chance of succeeding with a claim.

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