Work accidents can happen regardless of where you work. You may think that factory accidents and construction site accidents are the only types of accidents which affect employees, but offices have their own set of dangers to watch out for.
No matter what your working environment, your employer has a duty of care in respect of your welfare while you are at work. If there is a failure to do so, you could be in a position to make a work claim.
We can offer you advice on all work accidents but some of the common ones are:
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- Employer Responsibilities
- Building Site or Construction Accidents
- Farm Accidents
- Accidents Due To Inadequate Training
- Industrial Deafness
- Industrial Disease
- Industrial Lung Disease
- Scaffolding Accidents
The Responsibilities Of Employers
Every employer has a set of responsibilities that are in place to minimise the risk of work accidents occurring. This is a legal obligation and is there to ensure employees are protected, so far as is reasonably practicable, while they are in the workplace.
The exact nature of these responsibilities will come in many different forms and may include testing machinery regularly, providing adequate safety equipment, or informing employees of dangers in the workplace and how to avoid them. Each environment will have its own set of work accident risks which need to be handled by the employer.
Making A Work Claim
If your employer fails to respect this responsibility and you are injured in a work accident, you need to talk to a solicitor. This is because in failing to provide you with a reasonably safe place of work, your employer will be held accountable for the damages you have sustained. You will therefore be entitled to make a compensation work claim.
It is important to say that you should not be hesitant about making a work claim. Remember, work accidents can change everything. You may not be able to work or function normally and you may find yourself in financial trouble. Suddenly the future can look uncertain, all because your employer acted negligently. That is why you are perfectly within your rights to make a compensation work claim, as this will ensure you receive the correct amount of financial redress for your injuries.
Compensation for Work Claims
If you believe you could be in a position to make a work claim, our personal injury* team will help you identify the options available with a view to returning to normal as quickly as possible. If your accident and injuries did occur because your employer did not respect their duty of care towards you, we can help you pursue a compensation work claim, ensuring you are recompensed for the pain, suffering and financial loss you have incurred.
Steps and measures can be taken by employers and employees to prevent an accident in the workplace. Employers and employees must both take responsibility for their safety at work. Neglecting to make or follow safety rules or regulations can be very costly for employers or even fatal for employees.
Employers must show that they have taken the appropriate steps to make the workplace a safe environment for employees.
5 Quick Steps Towards A Safer Work Environment
Below we outline five quick and easy steps employers can take to make the workplace a safer environment for employees.
- Implement Safety Policies and Procedures
Create a company handbook that outlines safety steps to avoid accidents. Ensure that everyone has access to the handbook.
- Inspect and Test Facilities
Test your facilities and appliances regularly to ensure they meet safety regulations. This includes electrical equipment such as computers, kettles and printers.
- Have the right tools available
Accidents often occur when employees don’t have the correct tools available to them, forcing them to improvise. Having a step ladder available can greatly reduce the number of accidents!
- Provide Training
Educate your employees on how to stay safe at work, this includes how to properly lift a heavy box or how to operate machinery. Training will enable employees to take safety into their own hands and is a vital step in preventing inadequate training accidents.
- Ensure there are no hazards
Approximately 1 in 4 accidents reported to HSA annually are attributable to slips, trips or falls. Ensure there are no hazards in the workplace, especially blocking entrances and exits. Where hazards can’t be removed, be sure to use appropriate signage.
Building Site And Construction Accidents
Construction accidents are relatively common and if your employer has failed to take appropriate measures to protect you, you will often be entitled to make an accident construction claim. Such claims will often arise due to:
Construction accidents such as these can result in very serious injuries, often hindering your ability to work. This can lead to devastating financial implications, particularly if your injuries are expected to last in the long-term. That is why you must waste no time in speaking to a solicitor about pursuing an accident construction claim, as you need and deserve to be compensated for your losses.
Fishing and farming remain among the most dangerous occupations in Ireland.
Unfortunately, some farmers who employ staff do not make an effort to create a safe working environment. In the eyes of the law, this will be considered negligent. If a farm worker consequently sustains an injury, he or she needs to talk to a solicitor about pursing a compensation claim.
Common causes of farm claims include:
- Injuries caused by machinery such as tractors, combine harvesters, fork lift trucks, diggers and 4×4 vehicles
- Injuries caused by animals
- Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls
- Injuries caused by falling, flying and moving objects
Even if you tripped over a bale of hay, you may be eligible to claim financial redress for the injuries you sustained. A solicitor who deals with farm accidents and farm claims will be able to suggest whether or not you are entitled to compensation.
Accidents Due To Inadequate Training
While accidents arising from inadequate training typically affect those employed in more dangerous industries, there is potential for anyone to fall foul of an accident at work resulting from inadequate training or supervision. Whether you work in a warehouse or an office, your employer is required to:
- Provide regular training, refreshing previously taught skills and teaching new one
- Ensure management reinforces the need to follow correct procedures, as taught during training sessions
- Make a full assessment of each employee’s abilities
- Ensure that vulnerable employees, such as pregnant women or temporary workers, are properly catered for in the working environment
If you believe that your employer has neglected their duties to provide you with proper training in best practice for your workplace and this has resulted in a personal injury* and subsequent medical fees, loss of earnings and pain and suffering, you may be eligible to make a claim.
There are a variety of working environments that can cause or contribute towards hearing loss, with some of the most common including:
Employees who work in noisy working environments, such as the ones described above, will be at risk of suffering from industrial deafness. Because this is a known risk, their employers should do everything in their power to reduce the possibility of hearing damage. This should include providing ear protectors and minimising the level of exposure as far as possible. This is all part and parcel of an employer’s duty of care, which means he or she must look after the health and safety of staff while they are at work.
If your employers does not meet this obligation and you have been the victim of hearing problems because of your workplace, then you will have been wrongfully injured. This means you will be in a position to make a deafness claim against your employer.
Industrial diseases, or long-term health conditions and sicknesses are occupational hazards that result either from long-term exposure to a certain chemical or material, or from the repetition of a certain task.
Either way, employers have a duty of care towards their staff, meaning they are obliged to create a safe working environment for you and your colleagues. This must include putting in place measures that will help prevent employees suffering an industrial disease. The exact nature of these measures will depend upon the working environment, but may involve providing protective breathing masks, protective eye wear and ear protectors.
If your employer fails to ensure your health and safety and you do develop an industrial disease, you may have grounds for a compensation claim. This can affect employees in any line of work, but will especially frequently concern people in the ship-building, construction and agricultural industries.
Some of the more common industrial diseases include:
Industrial Lung Disease
Research continues to be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to establish a greater understanding of the causes of industrial lung disease. But what is known is that a range of current and former industrial workers are at risk of industrial lung disease. Amongst other, these include:
- Mining workers
- Construction workers
- Trades workers
- Engineer workers
People within the aforementioned professions are at an increased risk because they are often exposed to hazardous chemicals or particles for a long period of time. This can damage the lungs, resulting in a variety of industrial lung diseases.
One of the most common types of industrial lung disease is pneumoconiosis, caused by the inhalation and retention of dust in the lungs. Other forms of industrial lung disease include asbestosis, pleural plaques and occupational asthma.
When an industrial worker is medically diagnosed with pneumoconiosis or another industrial disease, the doctor will, with the patient’s consent, notify their employer of the patient’s illness. The employer is then duty bound to report their employee’s case to their local Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
If this has happened to you, you should also contact Gibson & Associates Solicitors today. This is because employers are supposed to protect their staff from harm. Therefore if industrial lung disease is a hazard of your job, your employer should provide you with protective equipment and put other precautionary measures in place. If there is a failure to do so and you go on to suffer bad health, your employer will be to blame. You will consequently be entitled to compensation for the damage this has caused you.
Who Do Scaffolding Accidents Affect?
Scaffolding accidents have an impact on a variety of trades such as bricklayers, electricians, painters, miners and electricians. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that 72% of employees who suffered from scaffolding accidents said it was due to planking giving way, slipping or being struck by a falling object. Members of the public can also be harmed by falling objects.
However, employers must ensure that their staff and members of the public are protected against the threat of a scaffolding accident. This is a legal duty and amongst other things should involve providing employees with hard hats and other personal protective equipment, keeping walkways free from obstacles and ensuring everyone on site has the necessary training. As long as these measures have been implemented, the safety of staff and passers-by should be guaranteed.
But sadly some employers will not comply with the necessary regulations, putting their employees at risk. If an accident does subsequently occur and a member of staff sustains an injury, their employer will be to blame.
If you have been involved in a scaffolding accident because of your employer’s negligence, you will be the innocent victim of a work accident. You will therefore be able to claim compensation for the injuries you have wrongfully experienced. Scaffolding accidents often lead to serious damage, so it is very likely that you will need this financial redress to help you through this difficult time, particularly if your ability to work has been compromised.
How Gibson & Associates Solicitors Can Help With Your Accident At Work Claim
To clarify whether or not you are in a position to pursue an inadequate training compensation claim, contact the team of accident at work specialists at Gibson & Associates Solicitors. We are capable of providing clear, reasoned legal advice, helping you to understand what options are available.
If you would like to proceed with legal action against your employer, we will prepare a strong case on your behalf, helping you achieve the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. This is intended to reflect the pain and suffering you have been caused and to recover the finances you have lost as a direct result of your accident.
We also have a team of employment law specialists, who will ensure that you do not suffer persecution by current or former employers as a result of your inadequate training compensation claim. For more information about our personal injury* services, you can visit our personal injury* information page.
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