Some professions are naturally more risky than others, but it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that every precaution has been taken to ensure your safety. If it can be proven that your employer failed in their duty of care, and you suffered an injury as a result of this negligence, then you may be able to claim loss of earnings and other losses as part of a personal injury compensation claim.
Working conditions must meet certain standards, and some businesses that operate within certain industries have to undergo rigorous and regular checks. Those that utilise industrial or heavy machinery, and companies that use chemicals and potentially dangerous toxins as part of their daily routine have to pay particular attention to the conditions within the workplace, but even offices have to ensure that conditions are safe, and employees are not put in danger while at work.
Appropriate training should be provided to all relevant staff members. This includes training on how to safely operate machinery or how to safely perform your job. If you have been injured while using heavy machinery, and it can be proven that you did not receive the proper training on how to use that machinery, then your employer could be held liable and you could be entitled to compensation.
As well as safe working conditions and proper training, you should also expect to receive proper safety equipment. Working at heights poses a very serious potential risk, and you should be given harnesses, safety clothing, and any other items that could prevent an accident from occurring and ensure that any injuries sustained if you are involved in an accident are kept to a minimum. A failure to provide safety equipment like ear protectors may also lead to complaints like industrial deafness, which can also lead to a compensation claim.
The amount of compensation you are entitled to will be determined by the type and severity of injury that you suffer. You should receive compensation cover a loss of earnings, to pay for ongoing care and rehabilitation, and to pay for any other expenses. An experienced personal injury solicitor will be able to ensure that you have the best chance of successfully submitting a personal injury claim case.
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