Every adult has a responsibility to work and earn for their families to maintain or upgrade their standard of lives. While people work in different environments and do different tasks, they are always prone to different types of risks, and these risks are always great in factories, especially where dangerous machines are being utlised.
Speaking of factories, it must be noted that these places are highly important for any economy. Factories are places where new products are made, and while creating these products, people are always refining the processes to allow for greater efficiency in the production phase.
Although the role of factories is extremely important, it must be noted that the working environments at factories cannot be deemed as completely safe.
A lot of people view factories as a very risky place to work at. The authorities have been taking serious steps to ensure that safety precautions are followed to reduce the number of accidents, but we still witness a significant number of problems. From noxious chemicals injuring people to dangerous machines not being used appropriately, there are a plethora of factors that cause workplace accidents at factories.
Employers’ Legal Duty for Factory Workers’ Safety
Every employer is expected to take care of their workers, regardless of the fact that the individual is working in a factory or at a construction site. If the employer fails to fulfill this legal duty, the employee reserves the right to claim compensation for damages.
Moreover, every employer has to get the Employers’ Liability Insurance. This policy ensures that employers will pay compensation to employees if a work accident claim is made. This insurance also guarantees that workers who bring claims against the employer will not be subjected to any sort of disciplinary action.
Employers have to make sure that the working environment of their factories is free from any king of damaged, unsafe, or inadequate equipment. If your employer provides tools or machinery that they know is unsafe or obsolete, which causes injuries, then your employer will be liable to compensate.
Every equipment used in factories wears off after a certain time, and they become dangerous when put under strain without giving them the due maintenance. If any employee sustains injuries using such equipment, the employer will be deemed as responsible for the accident. Apart from providing safe equipment and environment for the workers, employers must also properly instruct the employees on how to use it.
Furthermore, if specialist equipment are used in the factory, employees must be given all the personal protection gear, which includes guards, gloves, helmets, and the right clothing pieces.
It’s true that most of the machines and tools used in factories are very complex, but the law only requires that employers should take easy steps to safeguard the safety of their employees. They can design working practices in a way that ensures employee safety is a priority.
What Can You Claim For In Factory Accident?
There is a plethora of types of damages that compensation for factory accidents include. For instance:
- General Damages: these will compensate you for all the physical effects of the accident, which includes pain, suffering and mental trauma.
- Special Damages: These damages include compensation for all the tangible losses or monetary losses. For instance, if you had to cancel any important event due to the injury, which resulted in financial losses, this would be included in special damages
- Ongoing Treatment: All the expenses you incur for the in-home care you’ve bought or what you’re spending for time in a private care facility will be compensated
- Medical costs: The money you spent to get treatment for the injuries sustained at workplace along with therapies for recovery.
- Travel Expenses: this will compensate you for any money you spent in travelling to places that you wouldn’t have had to if you didn’t suffer the injuries.
For any such unfortunate event, get in touch with Wallace Legal at your earliest to get connected with a professional and experienced personal injury solicitor in Scotland and all of the UK. We will provide you a free consultation on the matter and then work with you throughout to ensure that you obtain your deserved compensation money.