Hairdresser Illness and Injury Claim *
Hairdresser injuries and illnesses * can be quite common as a result of the harmful substances which hairdressers work with on a daily basis. Injuries can also be sustained through the use of scissors and blades which are needed to do their job. If not handled correctly,injuries can be sustained meaning that they may not be able to work for a certain period of time. It is important that there are health and safety regulations in place which can help to prevent these injuries and illnesses.
Who is Liable?
An important part of any claims process * is determining who is liable for the injuries which have been sustained. In the case that a hairdresser has developed an illness it is often the salon owner or operator who is found as liable for failing to show a reasonable level of duty of care for their employees throughout the course of their work. Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of both their employees and clients. As part of ensuring this, there are certain duties which an employer has. These duties are set out in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and include;
- Carrying out frequent risk assessments to identify hazards
- Ensuring that the working environment is practical for the work that is to be carried out
- Providing training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all employees
- Managing activities in a way which prioritizes health and safety
- Providing adequate breaks throughout the day especially for those working with harmful substances
It is very important that these duties are followed and that health and safety is a priority at all times. Failing to ensure a safe working environment could see the employer as liable if an accident was to occur in the workplace * . Employees also have a duty to ensure that they are following the health and safety regulations which are in place. If it is found that an employee has contributed to the cause of their own injuries, through contributory negligence, they may be seen as partly liable along with their employer.
Common Injuries and Illnesses
- Cuts and Burns
- Allergic Reactions to chemicals used in hair dyes
- Skin dermatitis
- Electric Shock
- Upper limb disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Shoulder tendonitis
- Rotator cuff injury
- Respiratory infection
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Back pain
Overexposure to harmful substances
Hairdressers are exposed to a number of hazardous materials throughout the course of their work. These substances can be found in solvents, vapours, perfumes and dusts. Due to the amount of hair dye which a hairdresser will work with throughout the course of their working day this can lead to both lung and skin conditions. Overexposure to these chemicals is commonly associated with skin dermatitis due to direct contact with the skin. If these substances enter into the system then problems such as occupational asthma and lung disease can develop over time. It is important that the correct protective equipment is worn at all times and employees should not have to work with these substances for extended periods of time.
Working with hot equipment
It is unavoidable that a hairdresser will have to work with equipment that could potentially lead to an injury being sustained. This is as a result of the nature of the job. Electrical tools such as hair dryers, straighteners and curling wands all carry the risk of burn injuries being sustained if not used correctly. If this equipment is not maintained to a high standard and defects develop this can lead to overheating which can create a bigger issue. In order to reduce the risk of accidents all equipment should be switched off when not in use. There is also a risk of electric shock for employees as this equipment may be used in close proximity to water. Basins and styling equipment should be kept at a safe distance from each other.
Physical nature of the job
Hairdressers are likely to be standing and carrying out repetitive tasks for extended periods throughout the day. This can lead to the development of work related musculoskeletal disorders. Standing on hard floors for long periods can put pressure on the body resulting in injuries to the lower limbs including the legs and hips. Common disorders associated with this can include tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other upper limb disorders.
Lack of training
It is often the case that salons allow trainee hairdressers to work in order to gain valuable experience. As these employees will not have completed all of their training they may not have experience in certain situations. This can lead to a number of injuries including cuts from working with sharp scissors. It is important that all employees receive training throughout the course of their employment in order to improve their skills as this can help to reduce the number of workplace accidents.
Spillages and hazards
Slip and fall accidents * can be quite common for hairdressers for a number of reasons. This can be as a result of water or products spilled on the ground or electrical wires on the floor. In order to prevent accidents there should be health and safety regulations and cleaning schedules in place in order to ensure that all hazards are eliminated.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you would like more information on hairdresser illness or injury claims * or the process involved in making a claim *, you can contact our solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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