It is the responsibility of your employer to protect your health and safety whilst you are in the workplace to minimise the likelihood of any injuries. If you feel that your employer has not fulfilled this obligation and you have suffered as a result then you might be able to make an industrial accident compensation claim.
Accidents in the workplace in relation to industrial compensation can broadly fall into two categories, industrial injuries experienced in the workplace and industrial diseases contracted in the workplace due to the negligence of your employer.
Industrial injury claims can be made for an accident that happened in the workplace which led to you developing an injury. Many jobs in industrial factories and warehouses come with certain dangers. For example, employees which operate heavy machinery could be vulnerable to the risk of injury if the machinery isn’t checked properly or if it’s faulty. It’s also your employer’s duty to provide you with adequate protection and safety clothing. If you work in a noisy factory for example and your employer hasn’t provided you with ear defenders and you contract industrial deafness or noise induced hearing loss then you might be in a position to make an industrial injury claim. Repetitive strain injury, tendonitis and hand-arm vibration syndrome are also industrial injuries which can affect workers in this sector.
If you work with harmful chemicals or are exposed to industrial fumes, your employer is responsible for protecting you from any hazardous substances in the workplace and will need to comply with regulations to reduce the risk of you contracting an industrial disease. Factories can be dangerous places and if you’re not provided with adequate health and safety measures and equipment then you could be at risk of contracting diseases such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, pneumoconiosis and other diseases related to exposure to asbestos such as mesothelioma. Industrial injury claims can only be made if your employer failed to instigate adequate safety precautions and comply with health and safety regulations.