What is an industrial accident?
An industrial accident is any accident that takes place on an industrial estate; like a refinery, plant, factory, or any other industrial facility. Industrial facilities can be incredibly hazardous places as they use heavy machinery, chemicals, and repetitive processes that can all cause serious injuries to their workers.
What are the most common industrial accidents?
Common industrial accidents that can result in serious injuries include:
- Falls from heights. This can be from catwalks above the work floor in the high ceilings of industrial complexes, or from up ladders or on roofs. Injuries caused by falling from heights can result in anything from broken bones to cuts and abrasions and in some circumstances, death
- Injuries caused by equipment and machinery. Equipment used as part of the manufacturing process can catch clothing or hair and draw the person into the machinery resulting in crushing injuries, loss of limbs, and tearing injuries
- Explosions. In industrial facilities like fertiliser plants, oil refineries, and chemical plants, that deal with volatile chemicals and substances, explosions can sometimes occur. This can lead to large-scale industrial accidents with many people affected in a range of ways, from burns, and dismemberment to ongoing emotional pain and suffering including PTSD
- Chemical injuries. An industrial injury caused by a chemical can include anything from inhalation of fumes damaging your respiratory system to burns caused by coming into contact with chemicals if you don’t have the correct protective equipment
- Hearing loss. In industrial settings that use heavy machinery, cut large sheets of metal or have volatile chemicals that can mix and explode, industrial accidents can lead to hearing loss. This is possible when loud noises occur close to workers who don’t have the right, or enough, hearing protection available
- Eye injuries. Industrial plants like metal manufacturing plants have large furnaces, workers casting iron, cutting and smelting metal, which can result in sparks and small amounts of melt flying into the air. Eye injuries that occur in this way can severely affect a worker’s life and cause serious pain, suffering, and partial or full blindness
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. In industrial situations where workers are doing repetitive processes with their hands and wrists, they may develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This can cause tingling and numbness in your fingers, and a loss of dexterity in your hands
- Industrial disease. Industrial disease is any disease that your particular industry may make you prone to, such as asthma, pneumoconiosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome
In industrial situations like chemical and fertiliser plants, common injuries include: Chemical burns and exposure injuries like respiratory illnesses.
If you have experienced life-altering injuries as the result of an industrial accident, you may be eligible for industrial injuries compensation.In manufacturing plants where workers are using heavy machinery that creates vibration; carpal tunnel, crushing, and pinching injuries are common.
If you have experienced life-altering injuries as the result of an industrial accident, you may be eligible for industrial injuries compensation.In refineries and metal plants where workers are exposed to high temperatures, bright lights, and flying debris; eye injuries and hearing damage are the most common industrial accidents.
If you have experienced life-altering injuries as the result of an industrial accident, you may be eligible for industrial injuries compensation.And across a broad range of industrial settings slips, trips and falls, and injuries from overwork and excessive stress on the body are common.
If you have become sick or have been injured in an industrial accident, you are entitled to workers compensation. If you have been injured at work you will need to; clearly document your industrial injury and report it to your employer, seek medical attention, seek legal advice from an expert in industrial injuries, and complete and submit your workers compensation form. You may also be entitled to further industrial injuries compensation from your employer or colleagues depending on the accident, it’s best to seek legal advice to understand your full entitlements.
Industrial accident claims are often complex and can take a while to put together and process. When seeking the assistance of one of our expert lawyers, the process of receiving compensation can be streamlined, as the team at LHD are experienced in the process of workers compensation claims.
If you are injured as the result of an industrial accident you will be entitled to claim a range of compensation including:
- Medical and hospital expenses
- Loss of wages
- Travelling expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Return to work services
- Pain and suffering
- Death compensation claims