Employers running a factory workplace have the same legal duty as every other employer to ensure the safety of their staff. Unfortunately, factory workplaces present many more hazards and safety risks than many other workplaces in the UK. In order to prevent accidents or injuries, employers must take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of their staff. If you have suffered an accident and you feel your employer was negligent in their duty to prevent risks then you may be entitled to compensation.
Types of Factory Accident Claims
There are a variety of factory accident claims that are filed each year, but all are based around the negligence of the employer. Some of the most common accidents include:
· Being hit by falling objects
· Crushing injuries
· Defective equipment
· Electric shock
· Exposure to dangerous substances
· Fork lift truck accidents
· Industrial deafness
· Manual handling injuries
· Slips, trips and falls
Who is Responsible?
If you have suffered from an injury at your factory workplace then it is likely the responsibility will fall to your employer. The prime cause of factory accidents is negligence on the part of an employer, who may have failed in their duty to provide a safe working environment for their staff. There are a number of reasons that they may have failed, but one of the most common is a failure to provide the correct protective equipment. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital to many factory workers and should be provided by your employer. PPE should be safety checked beforehand and then given to employees along with the correct training and advice to ensure its proper use.
Employers are also responsible for providing the correct training for general working, including general workplace health and safety guidelines, a comprehensive induction that conforms to workplace health and safety legislation, and training on emergency procedures. Workers must also receive training on any known hazards, working techniques and procedures include heavy lifting, and instructions on how to use PPE correctly.
The equipment within your factory workplace should also be correct maintained in order to ensure the safety of workers. Employers are responsible for checking equipment regularly and inspecting it for damage or signs of wear. These maintenance checks should be carried out by trained individuals and, when a problem is detected, only trained individuals should be allowed to make any necessary adjustments or changes. These rules apply to basis PPE and tools, as well as large machinery including forklift trucks and installed machines. Once any faults have been found they should be addressed by the employer and recorded to ensure that health and safety organizations have a history of any problems with the factory’s equipment. If the employer fails to follow these steps, they could be targeted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for negligence and breaching duty of care. This would render them liable for any factory accident claims made by employees following an on site injury.
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