Accidents at Work

It is now estimated over 1.4 million people have occupational illnesses in the UK, and over 69,000 workplace injuries are reported each year. Blue Cross Helpline partner with the UK’s top personal injury Solicitors who have the experience and expertise to bring a successful compensation claim for the pain, suffering, losses, and costs you have incurred. If you have an injury or disease which your employer failed to prevent, let our specialists manage the process on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.

Factory Accidents

Each year, over 69,000 injuries in the workplace are reported, 111 of which are fatal. Many serious injuries occur in factory and warehouse environments as a result of accidents involving machinery and vehicles. By law, all employers, including manufacturers, have a legal duty to check for potential dangers in their premises and then put in place safety measures. If this is not done thoroughly, serious workplace injuries can occur, including:

  • Occupational disease (e.g. mesothelioma and hearing loss)
  • Explosions
  • Falls from height
  • Machinery accidents
  • Burns and scalding
  • Slips, trips, and falls

If you have suffered injury or illness in a factory, warehouse, or another industrial setting, due to the negligence of your employer, then you may be able to bring a compensation claim for:

  • Financial costs and expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain, suffering, and loss
  • The cost of future rehabilitation, treatment, and care
  • Equipment and home modifications

By bringing a factory accident compensation claim against your employer, you can also help to ensure that other colleagues are not at risk of being injured by the same mistakes.

Construction Site Accidents

Whether you are a contractor or employee working on a construction site, your employer has a legal duty to make sure that you are kept safe at all time. This means they must ensure that proper safety procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE), safety training, and any other measures necessary to protect workers are in place.

Each year 30 people die on building sites, mainly due to falling from height, and it is estimated that 79,000 construction workers have work-related ill-health problems.

You may be able to bring a negligence claim against your employer if you have suffered an accident as a result of:

  • Falling from height
  • Being struck by a flying or falling object (e.g. a tool which was not tethered to scaffolding)
  • Being struck by a moving vehicle
  • Accidents involving construction machinery
  • Explosions and burns
  • Injuries while lifting or carrying
  • Slips, trips, or falls
  • Any other accident on a construction site which has caused serious injury

If you have suffered a serious injury on a construction site, you may be eligible for compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured, treatment costs, expenses, ongoing rehabilitation, future care, equipment, home adaptations, and reimbursement of lost earnings both for now and the future.

Falls from height

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that falls from height is now the number one cause of workplace fatalities. Of the 111 fatal injuries in the workplace in 2019/20, 29 of these involved falls from height. It is also estimated that around 120 non-fatal falls from height occur each day. While many falls from height occur in the construction sector, they also happen in other sectors, including manufacturing, food and drink, agriculture, building maintenance, and education. In fact, over two-thirds of falls from height in the workplace occur at elevations of two metres or less; for example, falling from a chair when closing a window, or down an unmarked step. By law, all employers must protect workers from the risk of falling from height by identifying risks, making areas safe, putting in place clear signage, and providing training and safety equipment.

If you have been seriously injured in a fall from height due to the negligence of your employer, you may be able to bring a claim against them for:

  • Your financial costs and expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • The pain, suffering and trauma you have endured
  • The cost of future rehabilitation, treatment, and care
  • Equipment and home modifications

Office Accidents

While offices may not seem dangerous, each year, thousands of office-based workers are injured or suffer serious medical conditions as a result of negligence by employers. Office accidents and injuries are commonly caused by:

  • Falling objects
  • Falling from height
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Poor workstation design and setup
  • Unsafe furniture
  • Poor lighting
  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects

Unsafe office environments most commonly cause ‘musculoskeletal disorders’; damage to muscles, bones, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. While injuries can occur as a result of an accident, in many cases problems occur over many years (for example due to an inadequate desk setup), resulting in painful and debilitating conditions such as carpal-tunnel syndrome.

All employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees, including preventing office accidents and long-term conditions. If they fail to provide the necessary protection, leading to an accident or disease, employees can bring a compensation claim for:

  • Financial costs and expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • The pain, suffering and trauma endured
  • The cost of future rehabilitation, treatment, and care
  • Equipment and home modifications

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