Have you been injured because of an accident at work? If you have suffered an injury in the workplace in the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to an injury at work compensation claim.

If your employer has breached their legal responsibility and failed to provide a safe and secure workplace causing personal injury, you are within your rights to seek compensation for pain suffered and recover losses associated with the accident.

Accidents in the workplace can happen at any time and in all sectors, including construction, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and farming sectors. Contact us to find out whether you are entitled to claim of your employer.

Employer Responsibility

Your employer has a legal responsibility to protect your health and safety at work and ensure you have a safe and healthy workplace.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, every employer has a duty to ensure that; so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees are protected.

In addition to this, employers must also undertake a risk assessment to identify measures necessary to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other regulations. This should include, but is not limited to:

  • Appropriate staff training and supervision
  • Adequate equipment and materials
  • Safe systems of work

Employers must also have Employers Liability Insurance to cover for accidents at work.

Fatal Accidents in the Workplace

Unfortunately, accidents at work are common and sadly, some accidents in the workplace are fatal with the most common causes continuing to be due to workers falling from heights, being struck by a moving vehicle or being struck by a moving object.

In 2020/21, 143 workers died due to fatal injuries at their workplace in the UK, an increase in comparison to the previous year. During the 2021/21 reporting year, the fatalities occurred in the following sectors:

  • 39 fatalities in the construction sector
  • 34 fatalities in agriculture
  • 20 fatalities in manufacturing
  • 10 fatalities in transportation and storage
  • 11 fatalities in admin and support services
  • 14 fatalities in wholesale and retail, vehicle, accommodation & food services
  • 3 fatalities in the waste sector
  • 11 fatalities in other sectors

Source: www.statista.com

Examples of Accidents at Work

Accidents at work can happen to anyone at any time in any environment. Many accidents at work injuries can be associated with employer negligence. Injuries caused by accidents at work can include:

  • Dangerous working practices
  • Poorly maintained machinery or equipment
  • Injuries or burns caused by chemicals
  • Injuries from inhaling toxic fumes
  • Falls from heights such as ladders, scaffolds, roofs
  • Vehicle collisions
  • Slips, trips and falls in the workplace, e.g. tripping on cables
  • Being hit by falling items
  • Manual work accidents
  • Repetitive motion injury
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Limited or inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Speak to our Personal Injury Solicitor About Your Accident at Work

Our personal injury solicitors are available to speak to you regarding your accident at work and advise you on your case. Please call us on 028 9038 1024, complete our online enquiry form or email enquiries@rpcrawfordsolicitors.com.