Industrial Accidents

There are many dangers in almost any workplace, and naturally some jobs are more dangerous than others and carry a number of additional risks for injury such as factory or warehouse work and construction.

Industrial Accidents

There are many dangers in almost any workplace, and naturally some jobs are more dangerous than others and carry a number of additional risks for injury such as factory or warehouse work and construction.

These kinds of workplaces and manual labour practices carry a number of additional threats that in terms of injury including industrial deafness, vibration white finger, chemical injuries, asbestosis, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Your employer is duty-bound to ensure that the workplace is safe to work in, and that any incidents are correctly reported under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences). However if you have been seriously injured at work and it was as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be able to make a claim.

Claim Today has been a personal injury brand specialising in workplace and industrial accidents, for over 20 years and we have the experience and expertise to get you the personal injury compensation and support you need to look ahead to the future.

Industrial Accidents

Is my employer liable?

By law, your employer has a responsibility to make the workplace as safe as possible, and that includes ensuring that work is undertaken by staff in a safe manner, as well as workplaces having the correct equipment, used properly, by people who are trained.

If any of the following played a role in your incident, you may be able to claim:

  • you and/or your staff were not properly trained for particular equipment;
  • the machines you were using were faulty and not checked or PAT tested;
  • you were not supplied with adequate and effective safety protection;
  • the workplace was not properly maintained with things left lying around; or
  • you were injured by a vehicle which was not manned by a trained member of staff or poorly maintained. 

Common injuries resulting from industrial accidents

As a personal injury brand with over 20 years experience in helping clients with their compensation claims, we have experience for these common, yet serious injuries arising from unsafe and neglected industrial environments:

I don't want to jeopardise my job my claiming...

Quite simply, you wouldn’t be putting your job at risk by claiming against your employer.

In the UK, there are strict employment laws in place stating that employers can not treat you any differently or dismiss you for bringing a claim against them.

In fact, all UK businesses are required to have employer’s liability insurance, which is likely to be what employer’s would use to handle your claim, safeguarding themselves in the event of a claim.

Do I have a claim?

If you were injured in a workplace incident and you believe that it falls under employer liability, then you might have a claim.

It is important to have as many details about the accident to hand as possible. This includes when and where the incident took place, details of those involved, and of any witnesses if you have any (including details of any CCTV that may be available).

We offer free impartial advice on whether you can make a claim either by completing our online form, or calling our claim team on 0800 29 800 29. Alternatively, request a callback on this page and we will call you back.

Frequently asked questions

In the UK, the time limit for claiming compensation for an industrial accident is three years from the date of the accident. This is also known as the Limitation Act 1980. For example, if you were injured in an industrial accident on January 1, 2023, you would have until January 1, 2026 to file a claim.

An industrial accident is an accident that occurs in a workplace while a worker is doing their job. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Defective machinery or equipment
  • Negligence on the part of the employer or co-worker
  • Acts of nature

Here are some examples of industrial accidents:

  • Falls: Falls are one of the most common types of industrial accidents. They can happen from ladders, scaffolds, or other elevated surfaces.
  • Machinery accidents: Machinery accidents can occur when workers are operating machinery that is not properly maintained or when they are not properly trained on how to use it.
  • Electrical accidents: Electrical accidents can happen when workers come into contact with live wires or other electrical hazards.
  • Chemical exposure: Chemical exposure can happen when workers are working with chemicals that are not properly stored or handled.
  • Fires: Fires can happen in industrial settings for a variety of reasons, such as improper storage of flammable materials or faulty electrical wiring.
  • Explosions: Explosions can happen in industrial settings when there is a build-up of pressure or when flammable materials ignite.
  • Transportation accidents: Transportation accidents can happen in industrial settings when vehicles are not properly maintained or when workers are not properly trained on how to operate them.

Here are the steps on how to deal with an industrial accident:

  1. Assess the situation and identify the injured person or persons.
  2. Call for help immediately. If you are able to, call 911 or your local emergency number. If you are not able to call for help, have someone else do it.
  3. If the injured person is not breathing, start CPR. If the injured person is bleeding heavily, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage.
  4. Do not move the injured person unless it is absolutely necessary. Moving the injured person could make their injuries worse.
  5. Once help arrives, provide the emergency responders with as much information as you can about the accident. This includes the location of the accident, the number of injured people, and the nature of their injuries.

In the UK, you can claim industrial injuries benefit (IIB) for injuries that occurred up to three years before you made your claim. This is known as the Limitation Act 1980, and it applies to all claims for compensation for injuries caused by accidents at work or by occupational diseases.

In the UK, industrial injuries disablement benefit (IIDB) is a weekly benefit that is paid to people who have been injured at work and are unable to work due to their injuries. The benefit is paid for life if the injury is severe enough to cause permanent disability.

Yes, there is a time limit on insurance claims. This is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies depending on the type of insurance claim and the jurisdiction.

In the UK, the general rule is that you have three years from the date of the loss to make a claim. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule:

  • If you were a child at the time of the loss, you have until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
  • If you were not aware of the loss until later, you have three years from the date you became aware of the loss to make a claim.
  • If the person responsible for the loss concealed the loss from you, you have three years from the date you discovered the concealment to make a claim.

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