Electricity can cause very serious and even lethal accidents in the workplace. Every year, there are roughly 30 fatal accidents at work involving electricity as well as roughly 1000 less serious incidents. The risk is higher for people working outside or in wet conditions, but it is important to be aware of the risks of working with electrical equipment and to act carefully no matter your environment.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their employees in the workplace by following health and safety regulations and precautions. Precautions include training employees about how to safely use and interact with electrical equipment. This includes never using equipment that has frayed cords, damaged insulation or broken plugs. Similarly, the tools that are used to work should always be insulated. Safety measures also include the provision of personal protective equipment where necessary, like electricity resistant gloves when interacting with electrical equipment.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) highlight which electricity-related incidents in the workplace have to be reported, which are:
Any work accident involving electricity that causes a serious accident
Any accident that results in a fatality or an injury serious enough that it prevents normal work for three days
What’s more, employees should report any electrical overload or short circuit that causes a fire or an explosion to happen, no matter if this incident results in injury to someone or not.
I was a passenger in a car involved in a road traffic accident and suffered serious injuries to my right shoulder, my elbow and scarring to my forehead. I was unable to work for a long time. First Personal Injury dealt with my case from the outset. I never expected that I would receive £21,191.00 of compensation for my injuries and other losses I had as a result of the accident. I am delighted with the outcome of my claim and would definitely recommend First Personal Injury to anyone who wants to make an accident claim.
Compensation amounts are decided upon by assessing the individual circumstances of every case. The pain and suffering, as well as any loss of ability to function/loss of amenity, are taken into account but financial damages are also considered. For example, if you have lost income due to being unable to work then you may be able to claim costs like that back through compensation. To find out how much compensation you are likely to receive in your case, you should discuss your case directly with us.
Making Personal Injury Claims
If you have been involved in an electricity-related accident in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
First Personal Injury work with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.
To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online.
*Please note – With regards to No Win No Fee - In limited circumstances, fees may be charged when your accident claim is not successful. These specific limited circumstances will be explained to you by your Solicitor.
The Citizen's Advice Bureau says it's our "civil and legal right" to make an accident claim. But 69% of us don't make an accident claim. Don't miss out on what's rightfully yours.
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