Compensation for Chemical Burns at Work in a Factory

Can I claim compensation for chemical burns at work in a factory? The safety gloves I was wearing were inadequate and I suffered severe burns on my hands.

You may be eligible to compensation for chemical burns at work in a factory as long as the accident was not caused by your own negligence. If you are working with dangerous chemicals, your employer is obliged to provide you with protective equipment of appropriate quality and also to make sure that this equipment is adequately maintained and replaced if necessary. If your employer has failed in their duty of care to provide you with a safe environment in which to work, they may be liable for any claim to compensation you may initiate. Regular inspections and risk assessments must be carried out and as per the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), an employer is obliged to hold frequent meetings with staff in order to verify that these practices are being upheld and provide them with the opportunity to express any concerns. Should your employer fail in these duties, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

There is the possibility that your claim to compensation for chemical burns at work in a factory could be affected if you are deemed to have contributed to your injuries. For instance, if you had noticed that the protective gloves which were being used were of a substandard nature and you failed to raise the issue with your employer, it is possible that you may be held liable for your own injuries rather than your employer. Failure to raise this issue can damage an employee’s eligibility to compensation. Once the issue is raised with an employer a reasonable time frame must be provided in order to replace the equipment. In the situation where dangerous chemicals can no longer be safely handled, work must cease until it is safe to continue once more.

If you believe you have a valid claim, you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity. By doing so it can be determined if your employer has failed to replace equipment which posed a risk to the health and safety of employees. If the carelessness of your employer has resulted in your injury, you will be eligible to claim compensation. Also, if you are in any doubt regarding liability — for instance, if you failed to report faulty equipment — you are again advised to consult a personal injury solicitor without delay, who can advise you on the best course of action to take regarding your claim for compensation for chemical burns at work in a factory.


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