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What should I do if I have been hurt in a production line?

If you work on an assembly or production line, you are most likely working an extremely fast-paced and very risky job. You will be working with heavy machinery, electric wires and chemicals in a confined space. It’s not easy to keep up with the duties that are expected of you. However, if you are working in a good company, you should have been provided with training to keep you safe during your work hours.

When you have not been through safety training or machinery starts to malfunction, that is where you may end up getting hurt! If you have been injured due to the negligence of your employer in a factory, it may be time for you to learn more about work accident claims.

All work accidents are traumatic. They can make you feel vulnerable and frightened about how you are going to move forward and recover. Injuries take a while to heal and can have a massive effect on your quality of life. That’s why we would highly recommend that you come to Solicitors On Your Side for help. We can offer you free advice and consultations to get you started. Find more information by calling our law firm at 0330 912 2124 or by visiting our work accidents claims page.

What sort of accident at work injuries could I experience from working in a production line?

By working in a factory, you are going to be in a very crowded environment that is going to be full of machinery that could cause you to have an accident at work. That’s why it is essential that you are trained from the very first day you start your job. Production line workers are expected to complete a diverse array of tasks. These tasks can be on the production line itself or it can be in relation to manufacturing products or moving around the factory floor. Each of these tasks come with a high set of risks. That’s why if employees do get hurt, it’s essential that they seek medical attention as quickly as possible.

Some of the most common injuries that befall factory employees include:

  • Having limbs crushed or severed due to heavy/dangerous machinery
  • Overexertion can damage muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Repetitive motions at work that can cause repetitive strain injuries and carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Broken, Cut or bleeding limbs due to the production line or through transporting machinery
  • Exposure to toxic or harmful chemicals
  • Burns from electric shocks, explosions and fires

Is your manager responsible for accidents that happen on a factory production line?

When it comes to your safety in the workplace, your manager/employer is fully responsible. It does not matter how you get hurt, if you get hurt and it is due to their negligence you could be owed compensation from work accident claims. Your employer owes you a “duty of care”. That means they are liable for any damages that could hurt you if they are not taken care of. Examples of negligence that lead to accidents on the production line include:

  • A lack of training
  • Refusing to provide your staff with training/work manuals
  • Forcing your staff to work with malfunctioning equipment
  • Not allowing staff/employees to take regular breaks

Your employer is responsible for your safety. That means they need to do everything possible to ensure you are safe during your work hours. Of course, mistakes can happen and people can get hurt. However, if the injury was clearly caused by negligence, this is when work accident claims can be filed. Don’t worry. Your employer will have insurance to help cover any damages you have experienced. So you will not be putting them under financial strain.

What should I do if I have been hurt in the factory during work hours?

The first thing you should be thinking about if you have been injured on the production line is your own health. Your colleagues should switch off the equipment and should inform the manager/your employer about the accident. You should then ring for an ambulance and ask for the help of anyone who knows first aid until the ambulance arrives. It’s essential that you get medical help as soon as possible. Even if you are suffering from only minor injuries, it’s best to get checked out and make sure that you are not any worse than you may initially appear. Through this, you can also get access to your medical report to prove the extent of your injuries.

After you have been checked out by your hospital and given then all clear, you should start collecting evidence in your case. You should have filed your accident in your factory’s work accident book. However, you can also use the following for evidence:

  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Witness Statements
  • Receipts
  • Medical records
  • Police records
  • Diary Entries
  • Correspondence between you and other parties involved in the case

Once you have collected your evidence, your solicitor can use it to start building up your work accident claim. They can then discuss a settlement agreement with you and then the other party. If the other party refuses the settlement agreement, there is a chance that your claim will have to go to court to get sorted. But don’t worry. This is very unlikely as there is a higher chance that they will accept the settlement agreement.

How much compensation could I receive from a work accident claim?

A work accident claim and the compensation pay-out you are eligible to depend on the extent of the injury. That’s why it’s very difficult to come up with an exact figure for a compensation pay-out. If you have suffered from severe injuries due to the negligence of your employer, it’s more likely that you will receive a higher pay-out than someone who has only experienced a few scrapes and bruises. Keep in mind that it will also depend on the type of damages that you experience. It is most likely that you will experience physical damages (i.e. injuries) but you could also claim for emotional, financial and technology damages, as well as losses of opportunities.

The best way to get an estimate of your claim is by speaking to Solicitors On Your Side. They can help you figure out how much you could be owed. Just keep in mind that you will have three years from the time of your injury to make your claim. So get in contact as quickly as possible.

How long will it take to make a work accident claim?

Again, this depends entirely on your work accident claim. If it is a very complicated case, or your manager/employer is refusing to take responsibility, it is more likely that it is going to take time to get a satisfactory conclusion for you and your compensation. Due to the pandemic, and the backlog of UK court cases, it is very likely that it will take longer for your claim to be processed. Try and be patient with your solicitor. They will always keep you in the loop about how long you will need to wait and what you will need to do to help with the progression of your claim.

Solicitors On Your Side is here to help with your work accident claim

If you are suffering from an injury you received from a production line in a factory, you can come to Solicitors On Your Side for advice. We can offer you a free consultation and advice about work accident claims to get you started. If you are happy to move forward, we can offer you our services on a “no win-no fee” basis. That means you will never need to pay any hidden fees. You will only need to pay our solicitors if they win your case for you. So you will always come out on top!

Speak to our law firm today by calling 0330 912 2124, emailing [email protected] or by using our Website LiveChat. One of our lawyers will then be in contact to discuss your claim.

Learn more with Solicitors On Your Side

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