Expertise in Factory Accident Claims
We specialise in helping those who have been injured in factories to claim compensation
Factory workers in Britain have had protected working conditions since the introduction of the Factory Acts in 1803. Ideally, this reduces the number of accidents in factories. However, even with health and safety, better training and modern machinery, factory accidents can still happen. This can be due to human error or negligence. Regardless, if you are a permanent or temporary employee, or a visitor to the site, if you have had an accident, you may be able to claim factory accident compensation.
We work with factory injury solicitors who have years of experience and understand the intricacies of factory injury law. They also appreciate the effect the injuries can have on you and your family.
The solicitors we work with handle factory accident claims on a no win no fee basis. This means that you don’t need to pay any legal costs upfront or at all if you are unsuccessful.
Typically, customers pay 25% including VAT of the compensation amount that is recovered by our third-party law firms, although this is subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be more or less than this. For example, you may be required to pay an additional fee for other costs such as after-the-event (ATE) insurance. Termination fees may apply.
What is a Factory Accident Claim?
There are many reasons that accidents in factories occur. Some of these include:
- Insufficient training or access to proper equipment to lift objects safely. This can lead to back, neck, and shoulder damage.
- Forklift truck accidents. Factory accident claims of this kind can be made because of a vehicle hitting someone, a driver who is negligent or improperly trained, or the lack of a clear pedestrian path. Improper use and maintenance of the vehicle can also cause a forklift truck accident.
- Slips, trips, and fall on slippery surfaces due to inadequate inspection and cleaning processes.
- Heavy machinery accidents. This type of factory injury can happen because of inadequate training/incorrect safety equipment or because of defective machinery if it’s inadequately inspected and maintained.
Accidents in factories often come about through poor working conditions, which can also cause a range of industrial diseases. Common factory accidents include industrial deafness and vibration white finger.
Factory Accident Compensation Claims
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that more than 3,000 people experience a manufacturing or factory injury every year. While some of these factory accidents aren’t anyone’s fault, in instances where somebody else is to blame, The Compensation Experts can help by providing you with advice and referring you to an experienced lawyer.
Your employer has a responsibility to protect you from factory injury. This is clearly defined in six health and safety regulations, collectively known as the Six Pack:
- Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
- Manual Handling
- Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare
- Use of Work Equipment
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work
- Health and Safety of Display Screen Equipment Regulations
What are the Six Pack health and safety regulations?
The Six Pack is the term generally used for the six most common health and safety regulations. They came into effect in 1993 and were updated in 1999.
These regulations set out every employer’s legal requirement for health and safety in the workplace and are particularly important in avoiding manufacturing and factory accidents.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
These are often known as ‘Management Regs’ and cover many areas of health and safety. They set out employers’ legal responsibilities to carry out a full risk assessment to ensure the factory working environment is safe.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations
These regulations are intended to manage the need for any manual handling or lifting that involves a potential risk of injury. It advises employers on how to reduce risks, and employees on how to practice safe working on the factory floor.
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
These regulations cover the environment you must work in. This includes things like temperature control, lighting, ventilation, seating, and emergency exits.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
These regulations make sure that any equipment you must use in the workplace is fit for purpose, and well kept. This includes making sure that factory operatives are fully trained in how to use equipment and follow the safety guidelines.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be supplied wherever there are risks that can’t be controlled in any other way. It ensures that the PPE is suitable, compatible with other items of PPE, properly kept and used in the right way.
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations
Display Screen Equipment users are entitled to regular breaks away from screens, and time to do other activities. Employers must pay for sight tests and any glasses that are needed as a result.
How we can help
We will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who will seek to prove that you experienced a factory injury because your employer did not follow these regulations. They may also show you did not have the correct safety equipment or that your tools were not fit for purpose.
If you have had a factory injury or accident, contact The Compensation Experts today about making a claim.
Am I eligible?
If you have experienced a physical factory injury in the last three years, due to someone else’s negligence, then you might be eligible for factory accident compensation.
Additionally, if you were a child at the time of the accident, you may have a longer period to claim. The exception to this is industrial disease.
How much could I claim?
Because each factory injury claim is different, and the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. The varying factors that impact the final figure include the extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, and future losses.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
When making a factory injury claim, it’s helpful to understand what the process is and what to expect. So, to avoid any misunderstandings, we make the factory accident claims process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to speed at every stage.