Accident at Work Claims

Most workplaces carry some level of risk. Whether this is as a result of working with harmful chemicals, working from height or using industrial equipment, there are normally hazards to be dealt with. You may not expect to be injured at work, but if you are, you may find that you have to deal with financial implications as well as suffering from pain caused by injuries or psychological distress.

An accident at work can be especially frustrating if the incident was the fault of somebody else. However, we can help you to limit the stress and cost of such an accident. Employees are protected by certain laws that employers must follow to ensure safety in the workplace and in the case that these are breached, and an injury is caused, you can make a claim for compensation.

If you have been injured at work in the last 3 years and the incident was not your fault, contact our experienced solicitors to discuss your situation and make a claim. To get in touch, either call us on 0800 10 757 95, request a callback by filling in the contact form above or use our live chat feature to speak directly with an expert.

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Types of workplace accidents

There are many different kinds of accidents that can occur in the workplace. The most common types of accidents that result in injury include:

We have handled accident at work claims for all types of industries. To read about accidents that occur in a specific workplace, take a look at our common professions page.

Examples of workplace injuries

Hundreds of workers are sadly injured every year in industrial accidents that could have been avoided if employers fulfilled their legal duty to keep risks in the workplace to a minimum. Injuries can range from minor damage to more serious conditions that can have long-term effects. Such injuries include:

These injuries can restrict your ability to work, leading to potential loss of income and an uncertain future for both you and your family.

Professions

Bricklayers

When a bricklayer enters a construction site, the employer or site management team has a duty to assess the risks of the job. Common hazards identified for bricklayers on a building site include:

  • Falling from height
  • Collapsing scaffolding
  • Falling objects hitting the head and body
  • Being struck or crushed by moving vehicles on site
  • Slips and trips
  • Stepping on nails and other sharp objects
  • Dust from cutting bricks
  • Vibrations from machinery such as angle grinders

An employer or site manager should identify the measures already in place at the site and then investigate to see if further action is necessary to minimise each risk. If you suffer an injury and it is found that risks were not fully assessed or that the appropriate safety measures were not taken, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Butchers

Read more about accidents involving butchers here.

Caretakers

If you work as a caretaker, for example in a school or public building, there may be elements of your role that are dangerous. Serious injuries can occur in a number of different circumstances, such as:

  • Falling from unsafe or unstable roofing
  • Falling from ladders
  • Inhaling harmful fumes from cleaning products
  • Slipping on wet flooring
  • Using faulty electrical equipment

A lack of proper training and instruction can often lead to accidents in the workplace and it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you are adequately trained. Employers who provide faulty or unfit equipment to caretakers, such as ladders or cleaning products, will be liable for any injuries sustained. If you are injured as a result of inadequate training or faulty equipment, you may be able to pursue a compensation claim.

Care workers

Read about accidents involving care workers here.

Cemetery workers

If you work in a cemetery, there are a number of things that can go wrong, sometimes with serious consequences. Whether you work for a private company or for the council, it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you have a safe working environment.

Injuries can be caused by anything from a lack of training or lack of health and safety awareness to faulty equipment. It is your employer’s duty to address these issues to ensure problems are rectified, and if you have been injured as a result of your employer’s negligence, you can make a claim for compensation.

Cleaners

Read about accidents involving cleaners here.

Contractors

If you are a contracted worker, you can often be at risk of injury as a result of the many dangers present on construction sites. Whether working as an electrician, plumber, carpenter, plasterer or any other type of contractor, you could find yourself injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Crushing injuries
  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Cuts and bruises

If you are a contractor and have suffered an injury in an accident caused by your employer’s negligence, then you could be entitled to compensation. Call YouClaim today to speak to a solicitor for free advice.

Couriers and delivery drivers

Read about accidents involving couriers and delivery drivers here.

Dental workers

Whether you are a dental receptionist or an orthodontics expert, if you suffer an injury because of someone else’s negligence, you could be able to make a claim for compensation. Accidents we can help you to claim for include:

  • Slips, trips and falls in the surgery
  • Injuries caused by dental equipment
  • Illness from an injury caused by used needles or equipment
  • Chemical burns
  • Assaults by patients

If you have been ill or injured at a dental surgery - whether NHS or private - through someone else’s fault, you can make a claim for compensation.

Mechanics

There is a relatively high number of injuries and fatalities among mechanics and garage workers. Common injuries and illnesses suffered by those in this line of work include:

  • Asbestos-related diseases
  • Benzene injuries
  • Dermatitis from engine oil, cleaning substances and latex gloves
  • Broken bones from slipping, tripping or falling from height
  • Back injuries caused by improper manual handling procedures
  • Industrial deafness from excessive or repeated exposure to loud noises
  • Lung cancer caused by repeatedly inhaling exhaust fumes
  • Damage caused by manoeuvring vehicles around the garage

If you or a family member has suffered injuries while employed in a garage, a claim could potentially be made if the accident was caused by the negligence of an employer.

Garden centre workers

Though working in a garden centre will generally present a safe environment, as with any profession, risks are still in existence. Hazards that can cause injury in a gardening centre include:

  • Working at height
  • Falling heavy goods
  • Use of sharp tools, including mowers, rakes and shears
  • Infections from plants
  • Skin conditions caused by chemicals and fertilisers

As in any workplace, the recognition of risks is a duty of the employer, which means there should be a risk assessment made and action taken to reduce risks. Failure to do so may result in you being injured.

Hairdressers

Read about accidents involving hairdressers here.

Hospital staff

Read about accidents involving hospital staff here.

Kitchen and catering staff

Read about accidents involving kitchen and catering staff here.

Lifeguards

As a lifeguard, risks are an occupational hazard and water - even when in a swimming pool - always presents dangers. Such dangers for lifeguards include:

  • Cliff rescues
  • Swimming in dangerous currents
  • Working in rocky coves
  • Falling on a wet surface

While a lifeguard’s job is to ensure the safety of others, employers have a duty to ensure their staff are not put at any unnecessary risk. This includes providing sufficient training and appropriate clothing and equipment. If an employer doesn’t do this and you are injured as a result, you can make a claim against them.

Mining and quarrying workers

The mining and quarrying industry is one of the most dangerous in the UK. There are lots of potential causes of accidents in mines and quarries, but they normally result from the unsafe operation of machinery or lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). Other factors that can cause injuries include:

  • Poisonous gas leaks
  • Explosions
  • Collapse of mining works or stopes
  • Mining-induced seismicity
  • Flooding

If you were injured in an accident in a mine or quarry that was caused by someone else, you can make a claim.

Office workers

Read about accidents involving office workers here.

Pest control workers

Working for a pest control company puts you at risk of being exposed to harmful chemicals and unhygienic environments every day. The unhygienic environments and the chemicals used, including pesticides, have been linked to the following conditions:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Haemorrhagic fever
  • Renal syndrome
  • Hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome 

This is why your employer should provide training and suitable protective clothing to minimise the risk of you being injured. If they don’t, you could make a claim.

Police

Read about accidents involving police officers here.

Printing industry workers

Read about accidents involving workers in the printing industry here.

Railway and train workers

Railway lines in the UK frequently require engineering works to ensure they are kept in the best working order. If you are hired to work on the railway, you should be informed of all health and safety regulations to help prevent an accident.

Common accidents in the train and railway industry include:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Being struck by a train
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Electrocution
  • Burns

Although many rail maintenance jobs can be undertaken by machines,workers are still required, leaving them at risk of injury. Infrastructure managers should ensure that they have planned ahead with you to minimise the chances of an accident occurring.

If you have been injured while working on a railway line and you believe failings on the part of your employer or company are to blame, you can make a claim for compensation.

Security and door staff

Read about accidents involving security and door staff here.

Theatre workers

Theatre stages are often full of potential dangers, which is in large part due to the temporary nature of many of their fixtures and fittings, such as lighting, scenery and stage props

The equipment used in theatres can also present a great number of risks. Pyrotechnics and electric cables can lead to fire and explosions, while heavy lights and other pieces of equipment could lead to injuries such as broken bones.

Added to the above is the risks of slips and trips, and performers on a stage could easily misjudge the amount of space they have and fall from the stage to the ground.

Common theatre injuries include:

  • Prop injuries
  • Falls from harnesses/structures
  • Electrocution from lighting rigs

Your employer has a responsibility to mitigate these risks and to protect you from harm. If they fail to do so, you could make a compensation claim.

Teachers

Teachers and other school employees, including teaching assistants and canteen supervisors, can easily injure themselves while on school premises. Common risks include:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Burns in a science lesson
  • Injuries in physical education classes
  • Injuries on excursions

Local education authorities, which employ school staff, have a duty to ensure staff are safe while at work, and if they fail to address risks in the workplace and you are injured as a result, then you could make a claim for compensation.

Warehouse workers

Read about accidents involving warehouse workers here.

Waste and recycling workers

Read about accidents involving waste and recycling workers here.

Window cleaners

Read about accidents involving window cleaners here.

Workers hired to work in somebody’s home

Read about accidents involving workers hired to work in somebody’s home here.

Workshop workers

Read about accidents involving workshop employees here.

Employer’s responsibility

Employers are legally obliged to adhere to rules and regulations laid out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an independent organisation acting in the interest of the general public to reduce the number of accidents and illnesses in workplaces across the UK.

All UK employers must carry out risk assessments to identify and prevent potential hazards and accidents. In addition, they should have strict working guidelines in place to deal with accidents should they happen.

To keep staff safe, employers should:

  • Keep working areas clear of hazards, including loose wires, debris and spillages
  • Provide adequate training for all tasks
  • Provide relevant personal protective equipment, such as helmets, boots and gloves

If employers fail to keep up a good safety record, they could face prosecution with potential penalties including significant fines and, in some cases, being shut down.

Examples of how employers can breach workplace regulations include:

  • Asking you to carry out a task you are not trained to do
  • Not providing suitable safety equipment
  • Failing to keep a clean and tidy workplace

For the most part, employers strive to improve workplace safety and conditions in order to reduce the number of accidents that take place on their premises. However, some employers continue to cut corners and, as a result, workers are left suffering an injury due to their negligence.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by your employer acting negligently, our solicitors are on hand to provide advice on how you can make a claim for compensation.

FAQs

How long do I have to make a claim?

Most people who have suffered an injury at work will not be aware of the 3-year limitation period on making claims. This means that a claim must be made within 3 years of the date on which the injury occurred or, alternatively, 3 years from the date the claimant was diagnosed with the work injury.

This is stipulated in Section 14 of the Limitation Act 1980. The limitation period takes effect when the claimant has knowledge of any of the following:

  • The work injury is significant
  • The work injury is a result of an act that could be considered to constitute negligence, nuisance or breach of duty
  • The identity of the defendant

If your injury took place over the 3-year time limit, contact YouClaim to discuss your options.

How much could I claim?

At YouClaim, we take each case as it comes and offer bespoke and relevant support to each person, so it is difficult to give exact figures on how much compensation you could be entitled to without first understanding your case.

However, we can give average estimates. For more information, use our compensation calculator for estimates based on the part of your body that has been injured.

What should I do if I’m injured in an accident at work?

We appreciate that the days and weeks following a work accident can be stressful, but following the below advice can help to boost the chances of making a successful claim.

Report the work accident to your manager and make sure it is accurately recorded in the accident book as soon as possible. This log could be used as evidence in your claim. If you are self-employed, you have a legal responsibility to report some accidents resulting in injury to the Health and Safety Executive or to the local authority environmental health department.

You should also keep a note of any witnesses to the incident, and find out if any similar incidents have happened and been reported to your employer (it will strengthen your case if your employer was aware of a potential accident and did nothing to prevent it).

Why is there such urgency with making a claim?

It is important that you make your claim as soon as possible - doing so will open up a number of advantages that could help your case.

For example, it is more likely that the details of your accident will be easier to remember, which will mean the claim has a stronger chance of success.

In addition, the site of the incident can be photographed if this has not already happened, which can help to establish evidence and the validity of any claim.

What’s more, the sooner you make your claim, the less likely it is that witnesses to the accident can be silenced or advised to be evasive by the employer or negligent party.

I’m a temporary worker, can I still make a claim?

Most information regarding work accidents assumes that the person who is injured is an employee of the company at which he or she was injured, but it is important to remember that some cases may involve agency workers or

I’m under 25, can I still make a claim?

If you’re under 25, have been involved in an accident at work and feel adequate safety would have prevented your injuries, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

The HSE has identified four main reasons why young people may be especially liable to suffer a work-related injury when first taking up a job. They include:

  • A lack of experience in the industry or role
  • A lack of familiarity with the job and environment
  • Unwillingness to raise safety concerns at work
  • Not understanding safety protocols
  • Keenness to impress management, making them more likely to take risks

What is the role of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work?

The European Agency for Health and Safety at Work was set up in 1996 to collect and disseminate information about health and safety practices in the workplace. The organisation works to create a safer, healthier and more productive working environment to prevent accidents at work.

Health and safety at work is high on the list of the EU’s health and safety priorities, as every day a worker in the EU is injured because of an accident in the workplace. Each year, the agency hosts the European Week for Safety and Health at Work - dedicated to ensuring workers make a safe and healthy start to their working lives.

How YouClaim can help

Our team has years of experience in accident claim litigation and is governed by the exacting standards demanded by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We will help you establish exactly who was at fault for causing your injury and then proceed to take legal action against them. We will talk you through the process and make sure that you have a strong case against those responsible to give you the best chance of winning compensation.

All our personal injury solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis. This means that the process of making a claim is totally risk-free, as you will not have to pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful.

Get started today

If you are a member of staff who has suffered an injury in an industrial accident and believe that the incident was the responsibility of your employer, our solicitors can help you build a strong case for compensation. Start your claim today by calling us on 0800 10 757 95, using our online chat feature or filling in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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