An industrial accident is an incident which occurs to an employee at their place of work, and is not restricted to a type of industry. However, many serious accidents do occur in industrial settings, such as in factories and warehouses, where much of the equipment used on a daily basis can cause serious injury if care is not taken to secure the safety of all employees.
Injuries in the workplace can be caused by:
- Manual handling
- Lack of safety equipment
- A fall from height
- Trip, slips and falls
A claim can also can also be made for injuries or illnesses suffered by employees due to exposure to hazardous substances and materials. Long-term exposure to certain chemicals can result in permanent or fatal injuries.
Accidents are often caused by improper work practices or as a result of employers cutting corners when it comes to employee safety or training. It is their responsibility to properly train employees, and make work environments safe.
Case study: loss of a finger using a band saw at an abbatoir
We acted for a Claimant who was working as a band saw operative at an abattoir when his dominant left hand came into contact with the blade causing a severe laceration of the middle finger. His injury led to multiple operations and eventual amputation of the finger. Liability was settled on an 80/20 basis in the Claimant's favour. The Claimant was limited in respect of employment prospects. The claim settled after issue and before trial for £75,000.
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