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Personal Injury Law > Industrial Accidents

Industrial Accidents

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Last year almost a quarter of a million people suffered a ‘reportable injury ‘ according to the Government’s Health and Safety Report. A total of 5.1 million days of work were lost as a direct result.

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A ‘reportable injury‘ for the purpose of Government statistics is a serious injury as set out below:

  • A fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes
  • Amputation
  • Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine
  • Loss of sight (temporary or permanent)
  • Chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye
  • Injury resulting from an electric shock or electrical burn leading to unconsciousness, or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
  • Any other injury: leading to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or unconsciousness; or requiring resuscitation; or requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
  • Unconsciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to harmful substance or biological agent
  • Acute illness requiring medical treatment, or loss of consciousness arising from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin
  • Acute illness requiring medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins or infected material

Not covered in these statistics are the tens of thousands of fractures, breaks and strains that impact on the lives of working people every year. Accidents can happen in the work environment and these statistics demonstrate that some work environment business practices leave a lot to be desired. Is your employer looking after you? These figures suggest not and every day ordinary people like me and you are injured in the work place resulting in pain, lost time and money.

As a direct result of these injuries a total of 5.1 million days work were lost. Not all of these people made claims for compensation but these statistics show that accidents do happen. All employers are literally duty bound to make sure that their employees are properly trained, work in a safe environment, and are provided with appropriate equipment and tools for the job. If you’ve had an accident then you need to ask yourself whether the accident was your fault.  If the honest answer to that question is no, then contact Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors and we will take it from there.

Is my employer responsible for ensuring my safety at work?

Yes they are. All employers, regardless of the industry must abide by certain rules and regulations designed for your safety as an employee. These cover the following areas:

  • You should be provided with the right equipment for the job you are doing, this includes tools, gloves, clothing, ladders etc.
  • Your employer should ensure you have been properly trained to do your job and use this equipment
  • Your employer should ensure that you don’t lift objects above a certain weight
  • Your employer should ensure that your working environment is free from hazards and potential hazards
  • Your employer should ensure that you are not exposed to any ‘ reasonably foreseeable’ risks of harm or danger.

All employers are insured against the risk that their employees may have work related accidents and if the accident was not your fault then it is your right to make a claim for compensation. If you have had an accident then contact us here at Canter Levin & Berg. Contact could not be easier. Even if you think the accident was your own fault it won't cost you a penny to tell us about the circumstances. If you’ve fallen from a ladder, was it the correct ladder for the job? Should you have been climbing a ladder and was it, or should it have been secured?

We are experienced personal injury lawyers in Liverpool. With our knowledge and experience we can advise you on any potential personal injury claim. If you think you may have a claim, please do not hesitate to call our Personal Injury claims helpline on 0151 239 1180.

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