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For those working in the construction industry, on building sites, in factories, farms or in warehouses, accidents can occur.
Industrial accidents take place either through negligence, by accident or through incompetence.
Duty of care
Employers have a duty of care to ensure the overall safety in the workplace, and to make sure it’s free from the risk of an accident or injury by ensuring:
They employ competent workers
They provide their workers with adequate materials
The equipment that is used complies with safety requirements
They ensure that adequate clothing is available, if required
All staff have the proper training and are adequately supervised in order to minimise the risk of any injury in the workplace
What is an industrial injury?
Due to the fact that industrial accidents can take many different forms, personal injury claims can be made for any number of different injuries.
If you work on a building site, there’s the potential of being injured by debris or machinery falling from scaffolding; whereas those who ply their trade on a farm could be injured by the number of vehicles on the site as well as the variety of different forms of machinery and work tools.
For warehouse workers there’s the risk of being hit by falling products, or tripping; whereas for factory workers there is always the risk of being injured by faulty machinery. If you’ve been the victim of any one of these accidents you could be entitled to claim compensation for personal injury.
How do I know if I can make a claim for personal injury compensation?
Employers have to comply with a variety of safety regulations in relation to your workplace, access to it, clothing and training, and the way machinery and equipment is to be guarded, maintained and operated.
If you’ve suffered injury in the workplace due to your employer being at fault by failing to comply with these regulations then you could potentially be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
How should I proceed?
This area of the law can be extremely complicated, so to stand the best chance of securing adequate compensation for your injuries, if you think that you might have a claim, it’s important to employ a specialist legal team with experience in this area.