Chemical accidents at work
Employers have a duty of care to their employees to protect them from the risks associated with chemicals and harmful substances in the workplace.
Where workers may be expected to handle or work with potentially harmful chemicals, employers must ensure that the risk of injury or illness is minimised. To do this, companies must provide their staff with the necessary training and adequate safety equipment, such as gloves, overalls, goggles and breathing apparatus.
Where employers fail to provide this training and protection, the risk of injury and illness is increased. This can have serious implications for workers, with many chemical accidents having serious, lasting effects on an individual's health and wellbeing.
If you have been involved in a chemical accident at work, you may be able to make a compensation claim through Irwin Mitchell.
Expert advice on chemical accident at work claims
Chemical accidents can involve a number of substances, many of which are commonly found in a wide range of work places. Such chemicals include:
- Corrosive materials, acids or alkalines
- Toxic chemicals and substances
- Petroleum and other flammable chemicals
- Chemical cleaning fluids
- Fluids stored at extreme temperatures
The effects of exposure to chemicals at work can be severe, with many chemical based injuries having lasting physical and psychological effects on an individual. Some chemical injuries can cause scarring, burning or irritation of the skin and in some cases victims of a chemical accident at work can suffer from blindness and permanent breathing difficulties.
Irwin Mitchell could help you to make a compensation claim if you have been injured or suffered an illness whilst at work.
Chemical accident compensation claims
We realise that making a chemical accident claim against your current or a previous employer can be a difficult and distressing experience, which is why our lawyers are specially trained to handle your claim with the understanding and expertise that you deserve.
Irwin Mitchell is one of the UK's leading law firms for industrial injury, so you can rely on our expertise and experience to give you excellent support and guidance throughout your claim. We will make sure that you are kept informed of the progress of your claim, explaining the process in plain English.
To see if you can make a claim for a chemical accident at work, complete our claims form or call 0800 313 4748 for a FREE no obligation consultation.
* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.