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Working In A Factory? What You Should Know About Claims For Factory Accident Compensation

There is a plethora of working environments in the UK– from corporate offices to retail establishments to restaurants and factories, the number of different working environments can be quite astounding. But whilst it can be said that most working environments have varying degrees of safety (with some, such as offices, being safer than most), there are certain workplace environments that are far more risky when it comes to accidents – and nowhere is this more evident than in a factory.

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Working in a factory: the risks

If you are a worker in a factory, you know very well what kind of risks you may be facing every day. Firstly, factories are places where there is usually a lot of dangerous and heavy machinery that has to be operated with special care.

Aside from this, factories can also be harbingers of noxious (and sometimes deadly) chemicals that could cause both short- and long-term injury to workers. Furthermore, those who work in a factory know that the turnover rate of staff can sometimes be high – there are often more temporary workers than regular workers, and these workers may not be completely trained on the various procedures and machinery in the factory which could cause a workplace accident as well.

The responsibility of the employer for factory employees

In any type of working environment, be it an office or a factory, the employer is required to take proper and reasonable care of their employees. First off, the employer should have insurance for Employers Liability. This type of insurance makes sure that employers can pay their workers compensation in case the workers file a claim. In addition to this, Employers Liability insurance gives further protection to employees in that they will not be subject to any disciplinary or punitive action in the event that they file a claim.

Moreover, employers are required to provide their employees with a relatively safe and good working environment that is free from damaged or inadequate (and therefore unsafe) equipment. In many factories, for instance, machinery is always under repeated strain due to regular use – and sometimes, this makes it more dangerous. If a worker is injured because of such machinery, then the employer will be held liable as they did not detect or prevent the potential danger the machinery posed.

Employers are also required to provide their workers with safety equipment, especially if the workers are carrying out special tasks or risky activities. On the heels of this, employers are not only required to provide safety equipment – they are also required to instruct their workers on how to use the equipment. In a factory, employers are also required to provide their workers with necessary accessories that may be needed for the task, such as gloves, guards, clothing, and helmets.

Yet another employer responsibility is to provide their workers with safe working or operating practices. This is especially true in a factory setting, where workers often deal with complex machinery and risky tasks. Under the law, employers are required to take measures to ensure the safety of their employees, with the employee’s safety a number one priority.

If you have been working in a factory (or you know someone who has been working in a factory) and have been injured through no fault of your own, you can file for an accident at work claim if you can prove your employer’s liability. For expert assistance and advice, you should turn to Shires Law solicitors – find out more at http://shireslaw.com/types-of-claims/accident-at-work.