Head Injuries Caused by Workplace Hazards
Workplaces can be hazardous and unfortunately accidents do occur. Employers are bound by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 to provide a safe working environment for staff that protects them within practical reason from exposure to danger. If such regulations are not upheld and an injury occurs that is not the individual’s fault, it may only add to the distress they may feel.
One of the most dangerous accidents employees can suffer in the workplace is a head injury. These can vary in severity with the most serious head injuries being life changing.
Types of Serious Head Injury
A serious head injury is defined as one which requires immediate medical care as there is a high risk of brain damage.
Examples of serious head injuries are:
- Fractured Skull
Unfortunately, the most serious of head injuries may lead to brain damage or in some cases it could be fatal.
Those more at increased risk could be individuals who:
- Operate heavy machinery or vehicles
- Work at height
- Work with heavy materials
Accidents can occur in any workplace but there is an increased risk for those who work on construction sites, factories and industrial plants.
Main Causes of Head Injuries at Work
Serious head injuries are usually caused by a high impact accident. Causes of serious head injury in the workplace may be:
Many serious head injuries can be prevented by the implementation of appropriate safety procedures. Cases of preventable serious head injury occur when:
- Suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not worn
- There is a lack of appropriate training
- There is unsafe work environment e.g. not properly lit
- There is unsafe processes, exposing employers to more danger
All employees have a responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves in the workplace and others who may be affected by their actions. This means adhering to any training given, wearing any personal protective equipment provided, taking note of any warning signs around the workplace, and reporting anything they find to be dangerous to the appropriate staff member.
It is an employers duty by law to protect the health and safety of its employees within practical reason. Whilst employers are bound by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, there are many other specific regulations they are also bound by. Examples are:
1. Provide suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Employees undertaking tasks which put them at a greater exposure to danger should wear mandatory PPE to protect them
- Examples of PPE for the protection of serious head injuries are hard hats, harnesses when working from heights and high visibility jackets at all times in hazardous areas
2. Provide a safe working environment
- This involves ensuring the workplace is a safe place in which dangers are clearly marked with clear warning signs
- Risk assessments should be regularly carried to identify potential risks and then these findings should be acted upon as quickly as possible
- Where risks can be eliminated or reduced, they should be. An example would be creating exclusion zones where there could be a risk of falling objects so that nobody would be in the area that an object may fall on to
- The safe storage of heavy materials
- Areas should be well lit so that hazards are visible
- Workflow processes should keep employees safe e.g. a workplace traffic route ensuring pedestrians and vehicles are kept safely apart
- Weather conditions are considered when deciding whether to work outside or from a height
3. Provide adequate training
- Staff should be fully trained in emergency and evacuation procedures
- Only those full trained and qualified should drive workplace vehicles or operate dangerous machinery
- Full training should be given on safety procedures for any staff who may be exposed to hazards
Can I Make a Claim?
If you have suffered a serious head injury as a result of a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim for compensation. The injury needs to have taken place in the last 3 years to be eligible.
When claiming for compensation, it is not just taken into account the injury you have suffered but also financial losses, the effect on your quality of life, treatments, surgeries and rehabilitation you may be going through.
How Can Injury Lawyers UK Help?
We are a team of qualified lawyers with over 20 years of experience dealing with claims against employers. Putting people and their families at the heart of what we do, we always aim to get you the full amount of compensation you are entitled to, all on a no win, no fee basis. We believe in getting justice for those who have suffered through no fault of their own.
At what already has been a stressful time for you, we take the hassle away and make sure you understand the process all the way through. We only ever use clear and plain English so you never feel overwhelmed by confusing legal jargon.
TALK TO INJURY LAWYERS UK TODAY
If you want to know if you’re in a position to make a claim for a serious head injury contact Injury Lawyers UK on 0800 285 1411 today or fill out an online enquiry form. We’ll be happy to provide you with the advice you need to pursue any action, and work with you to secure the compensation you deserve.