Injuries caused by electrical or chemical accidents can occur in many types of workplace including offices, factories and building sites,
Your employer has a legal duty of care to keep employees “as safe as practicably possible” from the risk of accident or injury whilst at work. However negligence or a failure to comply with regulations can often mean that electrical equipment has not been regularly or adequately checked, or maintained. In addition. a lack of proper training, information and warning signs can lead to corrosive, flammable liquids or compressed gases being stored or handled carelessly. A further danger is electrical faults, which can start a fire or cause an explosion and release toxic chemical fumes.
Employees who are more at risk of an injury because they use electrical appliances or chemical products every day in their place of work include:
If you have good grounds to believe that you have been injured because your employer failed in their legal responsibility to comply with workplace regulations, you may decide to pursue a claim for compensation.
Your Legal Friend has an in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation and over 30 years of experience in successfully managing workplace compensation claims. We can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you make your case and secure the best possible settlement.
Under Control of Substances Hazardous To Health (COSHH), employers are legally required to control substances that are hazardous to health and prevent exposure by taking the following steps:
Employers must also:
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that any electrical equipment with the potential to cause injury must be maintained in a safe condition.
Most electrical accidents occur because people are working on or near equipment that is unsafe including:
An electrical shock may cause more severe harm than may be generally realised, including:
An electrical shock can also result in complications, which could mean long term physical problems.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the approved examination and testing of an individual electrical appliance or item of equipment, which is passed and labelled for safe use.
A basic inspection list includes the assessment of:
Under the Health and Safety Act of 1974, employers have a duty of care to ensure that the necessary health and safety precautions are taken in the handling of electrical equipment in the workplace.
Your employer may be liable if you suffered an injury caused by an electrical accident, which could have been prevented if the regulations had been enforced.
Chemicals, liquids or dyes used in a number of workplaces may be corrosive or toxic and will cause chemical injury or other damage. Working with harmful and dangerous substances in the workplace poses a severe risk of health damage if employers do not provide the relevant training, safety equipment or try to eliminate exposure where possible.
An employer should put into place and ensure the enforcement of:
Classification of chemicals includes categories such as:
Many types of substances, chemicals and dyes, which are used widely in different industries, can have extremely harmful side effects, depending on the type and extent of exposure.
Health damage may be caused in a number of ways, such as:
Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs)
WELs are the UK limits that indicate how long an employee should be allowed to work with concentrations of hazardous substances in the air.
Short-term is 15 minutes – intended to help prevent effects such as eye irritation, which may occur following a brief exposure.
Long-term is 8 hours - where exposure is at a low level and the effects of a chemical injury may only become known when the symptoms eventually appear and are able to be diagnosed.
Chemical poisoning can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as:
Making a claim
Your occupation may involve using potentially dangerous chemicals as part of the company’s expected daily routine. Typical examples can often include a farm or agricultural worker, vehicle mechanic, hairdresser, cleaner or pest controller.
In some cases, employers may simply overlook or neglect basic safety guidelines and risk putting your health in danger.
To succeed in a claim for an injury caused by an electrical or chemical accident, you will need to show that your employer should have reasonably “foreseen” that exposure to substances could cause injury or damage to health.
In many cases, an employer will have failed in his legal responsibility and duty of care to provide one or more of the following legal requirements:
How Your Legal Friend can help you
As experienced personal injury specialists, we have over 30 years of experience in managing compensation cases involving accidents at work. We are committed to guiding you through every step of the process and ensuring that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by specialist solicitors with a record of success in this field.
Our in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you succeed in making your claim. We can:
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