UK Accidents in the Workplace
Accidents at work are an all too common problem within the UK. Between the years of 2011 and 2012, more than 150 workers were killed within their places of employment, and a further 111,000 were reportedly injured due to incidents that took place at work. Despite the facilities that exist for accident claims in the UK, many recognised health and safety standards are still neglected by some businesses. Employers in particular have a legal duty to provide a safe workplace for their employees, and many firms still need to show improvement in this area.
More rigid adherence to health and safety regulations is needed to avoid cases such as a recent incident that led to 34 year old Mark Nyland being tragically crushed to death by a 22 ton Caterpillar crawler loader. The accident occurred at the Milton landfill site in Cambridgeshire last year, and the driver of the digger was given a 6 month suspended prison sentence amid claims that he had failed to comply with the recognised health and safety standards that are normally expected from the operator of such a machine. The driver, 64 year old Kenneth Miller, neglected to ensure that his movements were safe, and his guilty plea, along with the intervention of Mr. Nyland’s partner Nicola Hubbard, have been significant contributors towards his relatively lenient sentence.
Many accidents at work do not result in the same terrible consequences as the case of Mr. Nyland, but serious physical injuries are still far too common within many workplaces. At No Win No Fee, we know that physical harm is only one facet of accident at work claims, and that long lasting discomfort can also be experienced due to the psychological trauma that stems from the aftermath of such events. Because of this, our solicitors are constantly on hand to provide substantial levels of support that allow simplified compensation claims to be pursued by the victims of work related accidents. We support our clients from the initial stages of the consultation, all the way through to the eventual award of damages, so you can be sure that your claim will be dealt with professionally and sympathetically.
If you, or someone that you know has been the victim of an accident at work, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist team on 0800 0193 634 for free no win no fee injury claims advice.