Worker has Arm Amputated Following Accident at Work Involving Machinery

According to recent reports, a worker had to have his arm amputated after an accident at work involving machinery. York Magistrates’ Court heard that on 25 January 2019, the worker became entangled on either the rotating workpiece or the chuck as it rotated. He sustained extensive injuries, which include a punctured lung, broken neck, fractures to the back, ribs, arm, and shoulder blade. He subsequently had his left arm amputated at the shoulder.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that machinery standards across the site were poor. Many machines also did not have guards on them. The company received three prohibition and five improvement notices. These included machine guarding, welfare, and management issues.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They had to pay a fine of £60,000 and costs of £7,618.

Speaking after the hearing, an HSE inspector said: “Entanglement incidents on unguarded rotating machinery are far too common. The worker’s injuries were life changing and he also could have easily been killed. The company could have avoided this serious incident and devastation if basic safeguards, risk assessments, supervision and instruction were in place.”

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Accidents at Work Involving Machinery

Accidents at work involving machinery can be very serious. Machinery must adhere to a certain standard so that it is safe to use, and your employer must conduct regular checks and tests to prevent machine accidents.

Your employer has to ensure that machinery is safe to use. There are regulations in place to ensure that your employer keeps the machinery safe and keeps the staff safe from machinery injuries.

In the accident where the worker was injured, the machine did not have a guard on it. Therefore, this means that the machinery did not adhere to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

In these regulations, employers must make sure that machinery is safe to use and also fit for purpose. This includes:

  • Taking appropriate hardware measures – providing suitable guards, protection devices, warning devices, emergency stop buttons and other system control devices
  • Taking appropriate software measures – ensuring maintenance is only performed when equipment is shut down, providing adequate instruction, information, and training about the equipment, and following safe systems of work
  • Ensuring the equipment is suitable for use, maintained in a safe condition for use, and regularly inspected

If your employer fails to do any of this, then they may be at fault for the accident, and you may be able to claim compensation. This was the case with the accident at work involving machinery and the worker who had to have his arm amputated.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience in personal injury claims. This includes an accident at work involving machinery. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

Deafblindness is far more common than many people realise; around 400,000 people are affected by sight and hearing loss in the UK. Deafblindness is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where your communication, mobility, and ability to access information are impacted. This includes ‘progressive’ sight and hearing loss, where your sight and hearing may deteriorate over a period. Deafblindness is often also referred to as ‘dual sensory loss’ or ‘dual sensory impairment’. Accidents that cause deafblindness are likely to cause serious injuries.

Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

One of the most common types of injury that can cause deafblindness is head or brain injury. There are many causes of head injury. These include accidents at work, road traffic accidents as a driver, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, and falling from height.

After an accident that causes deafblindness, you will almost certainly have to make drastic changes to your life. You may need modifications to your home, or may even have to move into assisted living, you may also have to give up both work and driving, and you may need assistance from a carer to complete day-to-day activities.

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Serious Injury Claims

Serious injuries can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s quality of life. Examples include brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, severe burns and blindness.

Anyone who sustains a serious injury will be facing a less-independent future in which they will require expert care and support. On a practical level, they may have to change jobs or give up work altogether which can place a strain on their finances. You may need specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics or visual aids and you may need to make modifications to your home. Some injured persons will require 24-hour ongoing support.

No amount of compensation can reverse the impact of a serious injury but it can cover the cost of rehabilitation. Our panel of serious injury claims solicitors are on hand to ensure that you get all the care and support you need.

Claiming Compensation for Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

No two injuries are the same, therefore there is no one answer to how much compensation you could claim for an accident that causes deafblindness. However, there are guidelines that indicate how much you could potentially claim. These are the Judicial College Guidelines, and they estimate how much someone may be able to claim for injuries. The Judicial College Guidelines state that, for an accident that causes deafblindness, you could claim in the region of £322,060.

Claiming on behalf of someone else

If a loved one suffers an accident that causes deafblindness, they may be unable to make a claim for themselves. If a loved one is dependent on you, then you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. The person who makes the claim on behalf of the injured person must be their next-of-kin.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents that cause deafblindness. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

British Airways Fined After Employee had Crush Accident at Work

British Airways has been fined after an employee had a crush accident at work involving a vehicle at Heathrow Airport. The employee was struck by a tug pulling a train of vehicles used to transport baggage around the airport. She was knocked under another passing tug that was pulling vehicles that were loaded with luggage. She sustained serious crush injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the injured worker was using the centre of the roadway between the two lanes as a walking route and this unsafe practice had been commonplace in the baggage hall for at least ten years. The investigation also identified significant failings in the general management of health and safety and workplace transport risks, including issues relating to supervision and monitoring, risk assessment and training.

British Airways pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company had to pay a fine of £1.8 million and costs of £35,724.

A HSE inspector said after the hearing: “The situation in the baggage hall at Heathrow Terminal 5 was an incident waiting to happen.

“British Airways failed to appreciate the serious nature of the risks to which its employees were exposed and as a result failed to take appropriate action to ensure they were properly protected.”

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Crush Accidents at Work

Crush injuries can happen in any environment, however, the most common are crush accidents at work. The causes of these can be machinery, vehicles, falling objects and more. The cause of the crush accident at Heathrow Airport was a work vehicle.

Employers must design safe working processes so vehicles can move safely around the workplace. Employees also need training on how to use these vehicles safely. If you suffer a crush accident at work due to a vehicle accident, you may be able to make a crush injury compensation claim.

Crush injuries can be serious, and can cause:

  • Nerve damage
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Amputation
  • Cuts and broken bones
  • Severe bruising and soft tissue damage
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Your Employers Responsibility

It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you are safe at work. This means that they must follow correct health and safety guidelines to minimise the risk of accidents and to keep all their employees safe. They must carry out adequate and frequent risk assessments on the machinery and equipment. They must also make sure that staff training is always up to date.

If your employer does not follow the correct health and safety guidelines, such as the Health and Safety at work regulations, and you have an accident whilst at work, then you may be able to make a claim. All employers must have Employer’s Liability insurance. This covers the business in case accidents at work happen. If you have had an accident and make a claim, then it is the insurance that pays the compensation.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes crush accidents at work. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Mining Company Guilty of Breaching Safety Rules after Crush Accident

A mining company has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws after an employee was badly injured in a crush accident, according to reports. The accident happened after cheap wooden roof supports gave way.

The director of the company, Three D’s Mining Ltd previously dismissed the miners’ concerns over the use of untested pallet boards to support the roof. The jury at Swansea Crown Court found the company guilty of failing to ensure the safety and welfare of employees and failing to carry out adequate risk assessments of the structure.

The roof should have been supported by horizontal bars no less than 2.4in (63.5mm) thick, but that in the summer of 2017 the company had started using pre-cut pallet boards which were as thin as 0.78in (20mm) in some places.

 A worker was injured after the structure collapsed. He was trapped by a lump of rock that fell and has been unable to work since. He also has health issues after suffering three fractures to his back.

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Falling Objects Crush Accident

Crush injuries can occur in any situation. However, they are most common in workplaces.

Crush injuries can occur when a heavy load collapses trapping someone beneath. For example, materials falling from a warehouse shelf or collapsed structures on a building site. The object does not have to fall very far to cause serious injury.

Employers are responsible for keeping the work environment as safe as possible. They must also supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect workers from this type of injury. An employer may be liable for injuries you sustain if they fail to supply hard hats, steel toe-capped boots, and so on. They may also be liable if they fail to carry out risk assessments of the working environment, which is what happened in the case involving the miner.

Your Employers Responsibility

It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you are safe at work. This means that they must follow correct health and safety guidelines to minimise the risk of accidents and to keep all their employees safe. They must carry out adequate and frequent risk assessments on the machinery and equipment. They must also make sure that staff training is always up to date.

If your employer does not follow the correct health and safety guidelines, such as the Manual Handling Regulations and the Health and Safety at work regulations, and you have an accident whilst at work, then you may be able to make a claim. All employers must have Employer’s Liability insurance. This covers the business in case accidents at work happen. If you have had an accident and make a claim, then it is the insurance that pays the compensation.

How We Can Help

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More Accidents in Amazon Warehouses than their Competitors

Amazon have been in the news recently, as a report found that accidents in their US warehouses are 80% higher than their competitors. There were also reports last year by the GMB union that there were hundreds of workers injured in their UK warehouses.

The union-backed study in the US blamed Amazon’s “obsession with speed” as a main cause of the problem. In a statement, Amazon said it invested more than $1bn (£705.9m) in workplace safety last year, growing its safety team to more than 6,200 people.

“While any incident is one too many, we are continuously learning and seeing improvements through ergonomics programs, guided exercises at employees’ workstations, mechanical assistance equipment, workstation setup and design, and forklift telematics and guardrails – to name a few,” a spokesman said.

He also pointed towards its “WorkingWell” wellbeing programme, something Amazon boss Jeff Bezos highlighted in his recent shareholder letter in which he committed to reducing workplace injuries.

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Accidents in Warehouses

Warehousing accidents are one of the most common types of accident at work. In the warehousing industry, there were over 23,000 injuries at work in 2019/20 according to the Health and Safety Executive. There are some injuries that are more common than others, with lifting and handling accidents being the most common. These injuries accommodated for 19% of injuries to workers in warehouses in 2019/20.

Lifting and Handling

Lifting and handling accounted for the most accidents to warehouse staff. When you are lifting and handling at work, your manager must make sure you are following the manual handling rules. This is to minimise the risks of accidents at work, and keep employees safe. One of the biggest aspects of the manual handling regulations is carrying out risk assessments.

Your Employers Responsibility

It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you are safe at work. This means that they must follow correct health and safety guidelines to minimise the risk of accidents and to keep all their employees safe. They must carry out adequate and frequent risk assessments on the machinery and equipment. They must also make sure that staff training is always up to date.

If your employer does not follow the correct health and safety guidelines, such as the Manual Handling Regulations and the Health and Safety at work regulations, and you have an accident whilst at work, then you may be able to make a claim. All employers must have Employer’s Liability insurance. This covers the business in case accidents at work happen. If you have had an accident and make a claim, then it is the insurance that pays the compensation.

How We Can Help with Accidents in Warehouses

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents in warehouses. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Company Sentenced in Connection with an Accident at Work that Caused Tetraplegia

A company and it’s director were both recently sentenced and fined for an accident at work that caused tetraplegia. The sentencing took place at Chelmsford Magistrates Court. The judge found the company guilty of offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for the incident.

The managing director of Dickies Pet Centre was unloading a pallet of pet bedding from a delivery lorry on a forklift truck. The forklift truck lifted the load with its lifting forks too closely spaced together, so that they went into the wrong apertures in the pallet and could not support it properly when lifting it. Mr Ellwood then manoeuvred the truck away from the lorry and back around with the forks still raised. The load of bedding, which weighed more than 800Kg, and was more than 2.5 metres tall, fell from the pallet onto the delivery lorry driver.

The lorry driver, a previously very active man, sustained life-changing injuries as a result. He had fractures to his neck vertebrae, which have rendered him tetraplegic. He cannot move from the neck down and has a permanent need for 24-hour care to assist him with everyday tasks, even breathing.

Dickies Pet Centre did not complete a risk assessment or did not have a safe system of work for the unloading of delivery vehicles. Mr Ellwood had not been trained in the operation of forklift trucks since 2005. They had also been operating the forklift truck without access to any copy of the manufacturer’s manual.

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The Company Were Originally Dishonest About the Accident at Work that Caused Tetraplegia

In court, defence counsel accepted that the defendants had acted dishonestly during the investigation. They said that, whilst Mr Ellwood did not set out to cause an accident or injury, his actions, or lack of actions, led to the injury to the lorry driver.

After the incident Mr Ellwood told the independent safety investigator that the load had fallen because the pallet had broken. He did not admit the real reason was the wrong spaced forks going into the wrong apertures in the pallet. Later he told a different story, also blaming the pallet, and also concealing the misplacing of the forks. He told this incorrect story to the local authority when making a statement under caution.

The company had to pay a fine of £115,000 and costs of £70,000. The director must complete a 12 month Community Order with a 200 hour unpaid work requirement.

What is Tetraplegia?

Tetraplegia is a paralysis in the arms and legs. The cause is damage higher up on the spinal cord. It causes the signals from the brain to the body to restrict. It can also affect the chest muscles, which can cause breathing difficulties.

Tetraplegia is a very serious condition. It is life changing and can affect both you and those around you. You may also have some worries about the future in terms of your finances. Whilst claiming compensation may not be the first thing on your mind, it may help to ease your mind.

If you have had an accident at work that causes tetraplegia, then you may be able to claim compensation. This is especially true if the accident was someone else’s fault.

How We Can Help with Accidents at Work that Cause Tetraplegia

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents at work that cause tetraplegia. Contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Director Fined After Young Worker Suffers Fall from Height in an Accident at Work

The director of a company in Sheffield has been fined for safety breaches after a young worker suffered a fall from height in an accident at work. The worker, who was 17-years-old, fell from a mezzanine floor to the ground below. The worker and two others were building the mezzanine floor at a site in Sheffield, and they stepped on a loose board and fell 2.8 metres.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that safety nets had not been put in place before boarding commenced. No other fall from height protection was present to prevent or mitigate falls through the mezzanine floor.

Wayne McKnight (trading as RJE Construction) paid a fine of £500 and costs of £1,300.

HSE inspector Sarah Robinson commented: “Falls from height often result in life-changing or fatal injuries, which thankfully did not eventuate here. In most cases, these incidents are needless and could be prevented by properly planning the work to ensure that effective preventative and protective measures are in place. This incident could have easily been prevented if the company had installed safety nets prior to work starting on the mezzanine.”

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Claiming Against Your Employer for A Fall from Height in an Accident at Work

It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe from falling from a height at work. This means that they must make sure you have the correct training and equipment to be able to do your job correctly. Risk assessments must also be carried out, to ensure the job is done safely. This is especially important when working from height.

If your employer has not followed the guidelines to keep you safe at work, or has done so incorrectly, you may be able to claim fall compensation. We understand that you may feel uneasy about claiming against your employer, however all employers must have employer’s liability insurance. This covers the costs of accidents at work, including falling from height. It is the insurance company who would pay the fall compensation. This means your employer would not be directly out of pocket.

Claiming on Behalf of a Minor

There may be some cases where the person who has the accident at work is under 18. This was the case with the 17-year-old who had a fall from height at work. If this is the case, then a parent or guardian may be able to make a claim on their behalf.

The time limits are also different in cases which involve a minor. Usually, when someone has an accident, they have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim. In cases where a minor has an accident, the time limit extends until they turn 21.

If this happens, then a parent or guardian may make the claim on their behalf until they turn 18. Then, after they turn 18, they have until they turn 21 to make the claim themselves.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience in personal injury claims. This includes falls from height and accidents at work. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Coronavirus crisis and lack of training blamed for rise in needlestick injuries

According to recent reports, there has been a rise in needlestick injuries amongst nurses giving out COVID-19 vaccines. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said a survey of more than 7,500 of its members showed that 15% had suffered a so-called “sharps” injury in 2020 compared with 10% in 2008.

The reasons for the rise in needlestick injuries include: the pandemic causing fatigue, low staffing levels, lack of training and safer sharps and sharps bins not being available.

Jude Diggins, RCN Interim Director of Nursing, Policy and Public Affairs said: “These findings suggest the pandemic has highlighted a problem that has not been fully tackled yet. Most sharps injuries can be prevented and there are legal requirements on employers to take steps to prevent healthcare staff being exposed to infectious agents from sharps injuries.”

Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, added: “In 2013 new regulations were brought in to reduce sharps injuries but these findings suggest there is still some way to go to protect all parts of the nursing workforce. We now need to see greater efforts for better reporting and training to not only prevent injuries but to ensure there are stronger procedures to follow up and protect nursing staff after injuries.”

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Needlestick Injuries

A needlestick injury happens when a contaminated needle goes through the skin. Needlestick injuries are also often known as ‘sharps injuries. Needlestick injuries can be very serious if, for example, a needle has taken infected blood and it accidentally pierces someone’s skin, the infection could be transmitted to that person.

What is the most common cause of needlestick injury?

There are lots of different causes of needlestick injuries across different sectors. Needlestick accidents at work can happen in any job that involves handling needles, but some of the most common causes of needlestick injuries include:

  • Incorrectly disposing of used needles
  • Lack of training on correct use of needles
  • Not having the right equipment to dispose of needles
  • Lack of protective clothing or equipment
  • Defective equipment
  • Fatigue after doing long hours

Hospital workers are particularly vulnerable to this kind of accident. The NHS has a needlestick injury protocol, with which you should familiarise yourself. The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 also apply to the healthcare sector.

What to do if you get a needlestick injury?

If you suffer a needlestick injury, the NHS guidelines encourage you to wash the wound with soap and running water. This encourages the wound to bleed. You should seek medical advice to find out if you need treatment to reduce the risk of infection.

As soon as you’ve received appropriate medical care, record the injury in your workplace accident log. As with any workplace injury, reporting needlestick injuries is important. Reporting a needlestick injury means that your employer is aware of the issue. It also means you have a record of the accident.

How We Can Help with the Rise in Needlestick Injuries

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims. This includes needlestick injury claims. Contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Men killed in Liverpool fall from height at work

According to recent reports, two men were involved in a fall from height at work at a Liverpool site. The accident proved instantly fatal for one of the workers. The second worker was taken to hospital and, after days in a critical condition, has now also died.

The workers, who were father and son, were working on site when a mast climber collapsed, causing them both to fall. Contractor Laing O’Rourke had been carrying out waterproofing works at the Unity Building on Chapel Street, a mixed-use residential and commercial development of 27 and 16 storeys respectively.

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Suffering a Fall from height

There are many industries where you may need to work above ground level, which comes with the risk of a fall from height. The further you are from the ground, the more dangerous your working conditions are, so your employer has a duty to make sure you are less at risk of falling from height. If you work in one of these industries, then it is the responsibility of your employer to make sure that you are kept safe, and they must follow the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

  • Construction
  • Window cleaning
  • Architecture
  • Roofing
  • Engineering
  • Warehouses
  • Retail

All these industries involve some form of working at elevation. This means they require correct and thorough training to ensure employees are kept safe from falls from height at work. However, they are, of course, not the only industries that see falls from height. Accident claims are also made from employees falling down stairways.

It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe from falling from a height at work. This means that they must make sure you have the correct training and equipment to be able to do your job correctly. Risk assessments must also be carried out, to ensure the job is done safely. This is especially important when working from height.

If your employer has not followed the guidelines to keep you safe at work you may be able to claim. We understand that you may feel uneasy about claiming against your employer, however all employers must have employer’s liability insurance. This covers the costs of accidents at work, including falling from height. It is the insurance company who would pay the fall compensation, so your employer would not be directly out of pocket.

Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else

Unfortunately, due to the nature of these accidents, you may be in a situation where a loved one has sadly lost their life due to falling from height. Or they might be unable to make a claim for themselves. If a loved one is dependent on you, or if they suffered a fatal accident, then you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf.

We understand that it is a difficult situation when an accident has caused the death of a loved one, and we also understand that it may not be very easy to talk about. However, the solicitors we work with are here to help; they can help address the financial burden you may have been left with due to your loved one’s accident. They can also help you recover from it.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes falling from height at work. Contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Brain Injury Awareness Week

This week (17th-23rd May) is action on brain injury week, hosted by the charity Headway. There is a different theme every year, and the theme of this year’s campaign is A Life of Lockdown. It sets out to highlight the effects of lockdown and isolation during the recovery period of suffering an injury.

Brain injuries are often serious injuries and so can mean your life can change drastically. You may require modifications to your home or vehicle or may have to give up work. In some cases, people who suffer them may require support from a carer.

Causes of Brain Injury

There are a number of causes of brain injury with varying levels of severity. Some of these include:

If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury and it was someone else’s fault, then you may be able to claim compensation.

Effects of Brain Injury

A brain injury can have a wide range of effects. While many people recover quickly after a minor head injury, this is not always the case and people may experience longer-term effects. 

The more severe the injury, the longer-term and more pronounced the effects are likely to be. Some people may spend time in a coma, or experience a more prolonged reduced awareness state. During the early stages of recovery, brain injury survivors often go through a stage where they have no continuous memory of day-to-day events. Their behaviour may also be very uncharacteristic and confused. 

A brain injury can cause behavioural and emotional changes, hormonal imbalances, difficulties with cognition and memory, a range of communication problems, physical effects and, very commonly, fatigue. 

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Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else

Many brain injuries mean that the person who suffered them may not be able to make a claim for themselves. This may be due to the injury meaning they do not have the mental capability to make a claim. In cases where this happens, the person’s next of kin, or a person who is legally allowed to, such as someone who has power of attorney, will be able to make a claim on their behalf.

In circumstances where a loved one dies from their brain injury, the next of kin can also make a claim on their behalf if it was someone else’s fault.

We know that, when a loved one suffers a serious injury such as a brain injury, the last thing you may be thinking about is making a claim. However, the solicitors we work with can help with the stress of the financial impact that an injury like this can have.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury claims. This includes accidents that cause brain injury. So contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Two construction companies fined after worker suffered serious injuries in excavation collapse

According to a recent report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), two construction companies have been fined as a worker was crushed and has suffered serious injuries after an excavation collapse. The employees were carrying out drainage works within an excavation on a construction site in 2018 when a section of the unsupported wall collapsed and crushed one of the workers. This caused the worker serious injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified that W & E Lammie failed to plan the precautions or practicable steps necessary to prevent danger to any person entering the excavation, failed to provide supports or battering to ensure the excavation did not collapse and failed to provide appropriate training and supervision to the employees carrying out the drainage works. The investigation also identified that in their role as principal contractor,
Auberne Homes Limited, failed to plan, manage, and monitor the drainage works being carried out on their construction project.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Duncan Officer said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided had the excavation work been properly planned and carried out by suitably trained individuals to ensure that the appropriate safety measures were implemented to prevent excavation collapse. Had the principal contractor
carried out suitable checks they could have been identified that those carrying out the work were untrained and that safe working practices were not being followed on site.”

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Crush Injuries

Crush injuries can occur when a heavy load collapses, trapping someone beneath. For example, materials falling from a warehouse shelf or collapsed structures on a building site. The object does not have to fall very far to cause serious crush injury.

Employers are responsible for keeping the work environment as safe as possible. They must also supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect workers from crush injuries. Therefore an employer may be liable for a worker’s injuries if they fail to supply PPE such as hard hats and steel toe-capped boots.

Employers must also follow health and safety rules, such as The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. If they do not follow these then they may be liable for the accident. This was the case in the situation with the worker in the HSE investigation.

Serious injuries

Serious injuries are life-changing injuries that have a catastrophic effect on the injured person’s quality of life. Examples include brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, severe burns and blindness.

Anyone who sustains a serious injury will be facing a less-independent future. On a practical level, they may have to change jobs or give up work altogether. This can place a strain on their finances. Specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics or visual aids may be needed, and modifications may need to be made to the family home. Some injured persons will also require 24-hour ongoing support.

No amount of compensation can reverse the impact of a serious injury but it can cover the cost of rehabilitation. Our panel of serious injury claims solicitors are on hand to ensure that you get all the care and support you need.

How We Can Help With A Serious Injuries Claim

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience in all personal injury claims. This includes accidents at work and serious injuries. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

European sick pay: which countries come out on top?

Sick pay has become a contentious topic in recent times, with countless Europeans required to take time off work to recover from illness as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, there’s very little consistency across Europe, in terms of sick pay, with some nations offering benefits far better than their continental neighbours.

Undertaking research to reveal the sick pay packages of every European nation, The Compensation Experts has been able to rank each on how well they compensate their nationals in times of ill health. Read on to discover which country tops the charts and uncover the final standings.

Icelandic sick pay package considered the best in Europe

According to our research, Iceland leads the way in Europe for their workers’ sick pay package. Employees across the Nordic island are entitled to an impressive 100% of their wage for a minimum of two days for every month they’ve been in employment. However, Icelandic workers’ unions usually step in if a citizen exceeds their entitlement.

Trailing closely, fellow Northern European nations Norway and Denmark also offer acclaimed sick pay entitlement; each provides nationals with 100% of their salary, with the Norwegian government covering a worker for up to a year, and Danes covered for up to 22 weeks within a nine-month period. Similarly, citizens of Luxembourg are also treated to their full salary when sick, for up to 89 weeks, while Austrians are allowed 100% pay for their first 12 weeks off work.

Despite sitting top of the European GDP tree, powerhouse Germany sits just outside the top five in terms of offering an effective sick pay package for workers, allowing between 70-100% entitlement for up to 84 weeks. Rounding off the top ten European nations, according to their sick pay mandate, we have Finland, Switzerland, Monaco, and Montenegro, who all offer employees off-work compensation in the region of 70-100% of their salary for varying time frames. Particularly impressively, Swiss citizens are able to claim sick pay for up to two years.

British sick pay entitlement among the worst in Europe

As far as poor sick pay packages go, the UK offers one of the worst entitlements across the continent, with employees eligible for only £96.35 per week, for up to 28 weeks. The UK government’s involvement also ceases after just the fourth day of absence, after which the employer is required to step in and continue payments. Astonishingly, though, the Maltese and Irish are treated to even worse, with the latter nation not even having any legal sick pay obligation in place.

Neighbouring Central-Eastern nations Slovakia and Ukraine are also among the worst for workers needing time off work. Ukrainians, in particular, can be put in a difficult position in instances of severe illness; while there’s no formal timeline, and the country’s Social Security Fund will cover a citizen for as long as a doctor prescribes, employees can be legally fired from their job if off work ill for longer than four months.

Big money nations across the continent in France, Italy, Russia, and Spain also sit lowly, all positioned well outside the top 20 for sick pay for their respective nation’s workers. The best of a bad bunch, though, Spain are positioned 28th continentally, with Spanish employees entitled to up to 75% of their salary for up to 78 weeks.

We’ve outlined the complete overall sick pay standings below:

European rankCountryMinimum sick payMaximum sick payMaximum period
1Iceland100%100%2 days for each week worked
2Norway100%100%52 weeks
3Luxembourg100%100%89 weeks
4Denmark100%100%30 days + 22 weeks
5Austria50%100%78 weeks
6Germany70%100%84 weeks
7Finland70%100%44 weeks
8Switzerland80%100%103 weeks
9Monaco€146.67 per day / 90% salary€146.67 per day / 90% salaryDetermined by employee contract
10Montenegro70%100%65 days*
11Lichtenstein80%80%104 weeks
12Belgium25.88100%52 weeks
13Bosnia and Herzegovina80%80%52 weeks
14Belarus80%100%150 days
15Albania70%80%28 weeks
16Slovenia80%80%30 days*
17Sweden77.60%80%52 weeks
18Croatia70%100%Unlimited
19Netherlands70%70%104 weeks
20North Macedonia70%90%30 days*
21Bulgaria70%80%78 weeks
22Latvia75%80%52 weeks
23Romania75%75%40 weeks
24Serbia65%100%30 days*
25Hungary60%70%54 weeks
26Estonia70%70%26 weeks
27Poland70%100%31 weeks
28Spain60%75%78 weeks
29Lithuania62.06%100%13 weeks
30Czech Republic60%72%56 weeks
31Cyprus60%Varies upon social insurance46 weeks
32Portugal55%75%156 weeks
33Russia50%100%Determined by a doctor
34Andorra53%66%156 weeks
35Greece50%100%Length of employment dependent
36Italy50%66%26 weeks
37France50%50%26 weeks
38Slovakia25%55%53 weeks
39Ukraine50%100%5 days*
40United Kingdom£96.35 per week£96.35 per week28 weeks
41IrelandNo legal minimum sick pay100%Determined by employee contract
42Malta€420.30 per month.€420.30 per month.22 weeks

Methodology

Analysing the sick pay packages across every European nation, our experts ranked each according to their respective minimum and maximum pay and the timeframe an employee is entitled to claim. Minimum and maximum pay is a percentage of an employee’s salary, unless specified.

*This is the period an employer pays for a citizen’s sick pay. Beyond this, the state continues to pay until a full recovery, or an employee is deceased.