It is an employer’s duty to take care of their workforce. This care includes a responsibility to ensure that the working environment is in the best possible condition at all times. However, reports have shown that this is not always the case. In fact, industrial injuries and accidents have been on the increase in recent times; hence, it is necessary that a compensation plan is in place when you face such a situation. As working conditions vary, so do the level of industrial injuries or accidents.
In general terms, if you suffer from an illness and it is work related then this would be an industrial illness. The illness would also require to have been caused by the negligence of your employer. The list is not exhaustive – there are many different types of industrial illness which could quality for industrial injury compensation or industrial illness compensation. Industrial illnesses vary according to the level of health risk. Here are a few short examples of some common illnesses:
Workers who perform actions that involve heavy lifting or those who operate vibrating tools for a period of 5 years or more are likely to suffer from Carpal tunnel syndrome. As they perform repetitive hand movements, this condition impacts negatively on your wrist and hands, leading to numbness, weakness, and tingling.
These are industrial illnesses associated with asbestos and its risks are well known. Asbestos Mesothelioma and Asbestosis are really fatal work related injuries and victims can claim industrial injury compensation even decades after the exposure to asbestos.
Industrial dermatitis is a condition where an employee is exposed to chemicals that can lead to an itchy and inflamed skin. Individuals who work in a hospital or those who work as cleaners or hairdressers can suffer from such illnesses since they are likely to come in contact with chemicals and pesticides.
Hearing loss is common among employees who work in a typical industrial environment such as agricultural establishments and in call centers. It is the obligation of an employer to ensure workers in a noisy setting are adequately protected. Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 80 decibels or sudden loudness over 118 decibels can lead to industrial deafness.
If you are injured in the course of carrying out your expected duties at work, you may have a good base for an industrial accident claim. Even if the injury arises while engaging in your own actions, your employer will be liable for damages if proper training was not provided; there was an absence of the right tools, or arrangements were not made for safety equipment.
Industrial accident compensation claims can be due to muscle strain, eye injuries, chemical burns, electric shock, injuries to the head and brain, exposure to dangerous substances, slips and falls (could be from height), spinal damage, and dislocated joints (or fractured bones). There are laws guiding the health and safety of the workforce. It will be against the law if an employer does not abide by these laws as they are very clear. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
Are you an employee in Scotland? Have you been injured or experienced an accident at work that was clearly no fault of yours? Or was the accident one that was not entirely due to your personal action? Our claim specialists at Claim Solutions Scotland Ltd are your go-to advisors. Extensive legislation has been designed to ensure you are protected in the work environment. If you feel that your rights have been breached or would like further information, then call us at your earliest convenience for a free and confidential discussion.
Do not worry if your unique condition has not been expressly dealt with under Scottish law. We understand how hazardous the workplace can be – yes, we can help. Get in touch with us today if you think your industrial injury was avoidable and we will walk the walk for you. We will stop at nothing to ensure you receive the full reward due as a victim of industrial accidents – this we guarantee.