Despite manufacturing industries only accounting for 10% of the British workforce, they are responsible for 25% of employee fatalities and 16% of reported injuries to employees
(PRWEB UK) 9 April 2013
Accidents in the workplace can range from a minor slip or trip, to a fatality. Recently, Asons Solicitors have received an increased number of work place accident claims, demonstrating that despite improving health and safety regulations, workplace injuries and ailments are still commonplace.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have recently reported that despite manufacturing industries only accounting for 10% of the British workforce, they are responsible for 25% of employee fatalities and 16% of reported injuries to employees.
Often, the nature of the work contributes to the prevalence of factory accidents claims, with work involving the use of fork lift trucks considered by the HSE to be “particularly dangerous in the workplace.” The HSE report asserts that around 15% of the reported major injuries were caused by moving machinery, with fork lift accidents contributing to those statistics.
Considering accidents at work, Asons Executive Laura Williams, released the following statement:
“Fork lift accidents are known to be common and the dangers are well publicized; employers have a responsibility to ensure they have met the legal minimums for basic training fulfilling the ‘duty of care’ they have to their employees.”
Employers who utilise Fork Lift Trucks within the workplace can put in place various procedures to minimise the associated risks:
- Provide operators and ground personnel with appropriate personal protective equipment, including: high visibility jackets, hard hats and safety boots.
- Attempt to separate areas of forklift operations from those used by pedestrians
- Protective barriers should be erected just outside entrances and exits to prevent ground personnel from stepping into the path of moving fork lift trucks.
- Fork lift routes should be clearly marked, giving way to pedestrians where possible.
- Supervisors and trained professionals should be present to identify arising issues before a serious incident occurs.
- Fork lift trucks should be well maintained, according to health and safety standards.
Speaking on work place accidents, Asons Claims Executive, Becki Raby, commented:
“From reading the statistics and considering my professional experience, the majority of factory accidents are easily preventable; especially in the case of Fork Lift Accidents. Following procedures, in this case, saves lives; more employers should take note.”
Unfortunately, not all employers are as diligent as they should be. As the statistics from the HSE suggest, despite how preventable they are, work place accidents are commonplace. In a case where health and safety guidelines haven’t been followed, resulting in an accident, a case for work place accident compensation can be made.
Asons Solicitors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise relating to workplace injuries; priding themselves on the provision of first-class legal advice and support. Asons are happy to provide counsel to those who consider themselves to have had an accident at work, which could easily have been prevented.
If you, or someone you know, have suffered a work place accident, contact Asons solicitors today to find out what kind of help is available. Contact Asons on: 0844 850 1062 or fill out a claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk
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