In light of the recent tragic explosion at Bosley Wood Mill that has resulted in 4 deaths we thought it would be a good idea to share with our clients, both individuals and businesses, what the process is regarding accidents at work and how you should deal with them.
Employers have a legal requirement under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453.pdf ) to report and keep records of all work related accidents that cause death, serious injuries, cases of industrial diseases and certain dangerous occurrences. Reports are submitted to the HSE and form a vital part of identifying where and how risks arise and whether they need investigating. This feeds into future policies and directives and advice on how to avoid work related accidents from occurring with the objective of making work environments a safer place to be.
The latest reports emerging from Bosley indicate that the owners of the Mill had been told 28 months ago “You have failed to ensure that the risk from fire or explosion involving liquid petrol gas stored in your two bulk tanks…at your premises…..is either eliminated or reduced, so far as is reasonably practicable”. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bosley-wood-explosion-mill-owners-6105199
We will be following this story for further updates to see how it develops.
As an employee you should also know your rights and what to do if you or someone close to you is involved is an accident. As we have already established above, employers are legally responsible for the welfare and safety of their staff and visitors and must hold proper insurance and comply with Health & Safety regulations. Interestingly even if you contributed to your own work accident you may still be able to claim injury compensation if your employer is deemed to have been the main instigator of your injury.
As with all kinds of accident compensation cases, the most important aspect of bringing a work accident claim is being able to prove that your personal injury was caused as a consequence of the negligence of your employer. In the UK there is a 3 year time limit within which you must issue court proceedings.
You may have a valid basis for a work accident claim if you are injured at work for any of the below mentioned reasons:
• Slip, trip or fall
• Dangerous practices and procedures in the workplace
• Defective or poorly maintained equipment
• Dangerous machinery at work
• Noxious environment or toxic substances
• Falling object
• Non-adherence to Health & Safety regulations
• Negligence of co-workers
• Insufficient or improper training
• Assault at work
• Accident while operating a forklift or crane
• Faulty lifting and manual handling practices brought on by lack of training
• Industrial injuries such as hand arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger
Every personal injury compensation case has its own circumstances and will proceed differently depending upon these circumstances and the responsibilities of the employers. While some are settled amicably and within a matter of months, others can take several years. At WBW we have handled many such cases and each one has been very different. So if you, a family member or a friend has had an accident at work then contact WBW today for expert advice.