Industrial Accident Claim *
What is an Industrial Accident?
An industrial accident * is described as an incident during the course of work * that has led to some sort of injury. Industrial environments, by their nature, have always been considered a more hazardous place to work and as a result, accidents are quite common. These accidents can lead to injury which means that the person injured may be left unable to work and carry on with their everyday lives. In most cases, these accidents are caused by negligence in the workplace.
An employer has a legal obligation to ensure that their employees are safe when they are in the workplace. They are obliged to provide adequate training and protective equipment needed to carry out the job. Many industrial accidents * occur because an employer failed to provide a reasonable duty of care for their employees. In such cases people can experience injuries, health problems, illnesses and other personal injuries that have an effect on their ability to continue working or on their quality of life – it is for these reasons that most people will move forward with an Industrial injury claim *.
Common Industrial Injuries
- Back and Neck Injury *
- Breaks and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Deep muscle tissue damage
- Poisoning and Burns
- Industrial Deafness
- Industrial Disease *
- Brain Injury *
- Vibration White Finger
Causes of Industrial Injury at Work
- Poor Manual Handling
- Dangerous and faulty machinery
- Contact with hazardous substances
- Slips, trips and falls *
- Lack of training and protective equipment
- Equipment Failures
- Forklift accidents
- Failing to carry out risk assessments
- Vehicle Accidents
- Dangerous Machinery Accidents
There are certain issues that need to be addressed when it comes to industrial accident prevention. This includes;
- Overexposure to hazardous chemicals – Employers should try to control the amount of dangerous chemicals in the workplace. Overexposure to these chemicals can lead to illness and long-term problems which may leave employees unable to work.
- Poor training – Inadequate training is a common cause of industrial accidents. Employers need to ensure that all employees have undergone the correct training before they can carry out the job. This reduces the risk of injury caused by poor manual handling.
- Slip, trip and fall prevention – Caused by wet floors, items left unattended and uneven flooring. All employees in the workplace should be made responsible for their own workspace to ensure that this does not happen.
- Vehicle Movement – Vehicle accidents * are commonly caused as a result of negligence on behalf of the operator and also as a result of staff not taking appropriate care during work when vehicles are being used in the building.
- Falls from heights – A common accident that can be avoided by ensuring that staff are given the correct equipment in order to work at a height. Employees should also ensure that they do not act in a negligent manner.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
This is the main legislation in Ireland that looks after health and safety in the workplace. It outlines the duty of both an employer and employee when it comes to providing a safe working environment and how you cannot act negligently when carrying out your job.
- Managing activities in a way that prioritises the health and safety of their employees
- Providing adequate training which is necessary to carry out the job correctly and in a safe manner
- Putting safety measures in place which can help to prevent accidents
- Ensuring that the working environment is practical for the work that is to be carried out
- Co-operate with their employer in relation to following regulations
- Attend any training that is supplied to them by their employer
- Do not act in a negligent manner which may lead to accident and injury
- Report any problems or defects that they notice during the course of their work
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