Factory Accident 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.

4 questions have been answered below, why not ask your own?

  1. I reported Repetitive strain injury to management in March 2015
    during this time i was still made to continue the job in the same manner having to hit forced targets and sometimes not given all breaks that are mentioned in my contract.
    I had some sick days in 2016 after this i was moved to heavier duties and intimidated and
    my injury became worse and i have now been off sick for 8 months. I have lost a lot in wages and i will not return to the job, my employer will not dismiss me because of the discrimination act so i am in limbo i cannot resign because this would mean i have voluntarily made my self unemployed.

    • Paula

      Hi, thank you for sharing your situation with us. Sadly, we often hear such stories where an employee has reported an issue regarding their health and safety to an employer and rather than receiving support and assistance to reduce the problem or help, an employer chooses to ignore the issue and make a situation worse.

      We can however offer some hope in that you have every right to pursue a claim for compensation against the employer for the repetitive strain injury you have sustained. Given that you have reported this to an employer just over 2 years ago, the employer is on notice of your health issue and the severity of the problem will be demonstrated by your medical records.

      As you are probably aware, you only have 3 years from the date of an accident or diagnosis in which you can pursue a claim for compensation, in your case, you have around 11 months remaining and I would therefore strongly suggest that you make your claim now. Please email me your number or call us on 01225430285 so that we can spend a couple of minutes on the phone with you to obtain the basic information needed to enable us to link you with the right specialist Solicitor.

      Claiming compensation for a repetitive strain injury would allow you, if successful, to claim compensation for the injury and the pain caused by the same, but also would entitle you to a special damages award – which is reclaiming any lost income and costs incurred as a result of the injury. In your case, I would imagine that the loss of income is a substantial sum.

      We work with some expert repetitive strain injury (RSI) industrial injury Solicitors and can offer a No Win No Fee service that means that you can pursue your claim, safe in the knowledge that you would not have to pay any costs if your claim were to fail.

      I hope that this information helps and we look forward to hearing from you further.

  2. Hi I work in a warehouse and on 22nd aug I went to work as normally 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 laserations eg looked lije friction burns went to one of manages 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 wrnt into work following day to do my shift and get it logged in accident book but still wasnt done hand was hurting but coukdnt affird not to work didnt go to doctors though nathan kept changing my babdage 3rd day nathan stilk not done it so in end chris another manger did it for me as he didnt think it was right taking that long to fill an accident report in chris was not even on shift when my accident happened but filked 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 whst can I do do I have a claim

    • Pat

      Thank you for letting us know about the injuries to your hand that were caused in an accident at work. 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.

      On the accident book issue, I would say that you don’t need to worry too much about this. Of course, your Manager (Nathan) should have recorded the details immediately. Whilst he failed to do so, it is good that Chris did complete an accident book record and this can be used as and when you opt to pursue a claim.

      As stated, Direct2Compensation would willingly link you with one of our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors to pursue this matter for you.

      Of course, all claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you have nothing to lose and may well end up with compensation to cover the pain, discomfort and distress caused by your injuries.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

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