What counts as an "industrial accident"?
Some jobs carry more risk than others - this is especially true of careers in construction, warehouse management and factories. If you were injured at work because an employer's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Industrial injuries can be anything from industrial deafness, chemical injuries, asbestosis, vibration white finger and carbon monoxide poisoning. We know that these types of injuries can have a long-lasting effect on your health and ability to work, and you deserve to be compensated for that.
By law, businesses have a responsibility to make sure you're kept as safe as possible at work and to report serious incidents under RIDDOR; or Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences.
Making a claim can after an industrial accident can help with your recovery and can cover the financial expenses caused by your injury. Your claim could also result in a safer working environment for both you and colleagues, as it may highlight issues that weren't noticed before.
For free advice or to find out whether you could make an industrial accident claim, speak to us on . We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have and will never pressure you into starting a claim.
Causes of industrial accidents
When we go to work, our expectation is that the company we work for has done everything to ensure we're safe. Unfortunately, industrial accidents and subsequent claims are very common.
There are many health and safety policies that should be in place to protect you - but sometimes employers don't stick to these rules, which puts you at risk.
There are many ways an industrial accident can occur, such as:
- Poor training - lack of appropriate training for any equipment such as chemicals and machines
- No safety protection - employers have a responsibility to supply staff with ‘personal protective equipment', and failure to do so can cause accidents.
- Items left lying around - appropriate storage of items and general cleanliness are important. Slips, trips and falls can happen due to wet floors or falling over wires and boxes that haven't been stored properly, which can result in broken bones and sprains.
- Machine failure - electrical equipment is required by law to be PAT tested (frequency of testing depends on the item) and failure to do so can end in electric shock and other injuries.
- Vehicle accidents - improper training or maintenance on heavy duty vehicles such as forklift trucks can result in severe accidents
- Lifting - being expected to carry heavy loads without training can cause painful injuries
You don't have to leave your job if you making an industrial accident claim
Understandably, many people think that bringing a industrial accident claim against an employer will mean they can't work for them anymore. This is untrue.
There are strict laws in place to make sure that if you make a claim against your employer for an accident at work, you cannot be treated differently or dismissed for doing so.
You may also be worried that claiming against your employer may put their business at risk due to court costs. However, all businesses have to be covered by employers' liability insurance, so it's likely the company you work for has a safeguard for this exact situation.
Andrew was injured while cleaning machinery at work in a food preparation factory
I was washing a meat slicer from the production line when one of the blades slipped and cut my thumb. It got infected, so I was on antibiotics for a week and had to take time off work.
I had never made a claim before but I thought I would ring National Accident Helpline and see what happened. They were very friendly and helpful.
Andrew Welton, 41, from Cawston, Norfolk
How much compensation will you get for an industrial accident claim?
Because no two cases are the same, it's not possible for us to tell you exactly how much you could receive before starting your claim. But to get a guideline figure, you can try our compensation calculator.
While no amount of money can take away what you've been through, we can help to make sure you and your family aren't left out of pocket because of your accident.
As a result of your injury, you may have been forced to take time off work. We understand that this puts you under financial pressure, which isn't fair while you're recovering - getting back on your feet can be hard enough as it is.
Our specialist solicitors will take all the expenses of your injury into consideration when making a claim. They'll also consider the impact it's had on your social life, hobbies and family.
For free support and advice about whether you have a claim, get in touch with us on or online via our live chat. We won't pressure you into moving forward if you don't want to.