Am I eligible to claim compensation for a work accident in a factory? I recently suffered facial burns when a vat full to the brim with oil became unstable and spilled. The vat had been filled beyond safety limits and I believe that I may be entitled to compensation.
You may be entitled to compensation for a work accident in a factory if you can prove that the factory’s management was responsible for your injuries. Employers are obliged to exercise a ‘duty of care’ toward their employees — meaning that in some circumstances they must shoulder some of the burden for their employees’ wellbeing. If the vat had indeed been filled beyond safety limits, and the factory’s management was responsible for not ensuring regulations were followed, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers have an obligation to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees. This responsibility includes conducting routine safety checks of facilities and equipment, ensuring that all employees have undergone the appropriate safety training, and ensuring that accidents which happened in the past do not occur again in the future — this can be done in part through studying entries in the employee Accident Report Book. If you believe your employer has not taken the steps necessary to ensure your safety, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for factory facial burns compensation.
Before contemplating starting to seek damages for a factory workplace accident, you should first ensure that you take action to care for your injuries. If you have not already done so, you should make your way immediately to the nearest hospital accident and emergency department. Aside from providing being able to provide you with the level of care necessary to treat your injuries, a visit to A&E will allow you to obtain a medical report of your injuries, which will serve as vital evidence in your pursuit of compensation.
Accidents in the workplace, especially where industrial work is concerned, are relatively common. Pursuing compensation is significantly easier when a solicitor is spoken with at the earliest possible opportunity. Speaking with a solicitor will ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. To find out if you are eligible to claim compensation for a work accident in a factory, speak with a solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity.