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Fire and Explosions at Work

Your employer has a legal duty to look after your safety and well-being and minimise the possibility of accidents at work by adhering to health and safety regulations and guidelines. A fire or explosion in the workplace can be a highly distressing experience, as well as causing personal injury and even fatality. If you feel that an explosion or fire in the workplace has been caused by negligence on the part of your employer you can make a claim for personal injury insurance.

Causes of fires and explosions in the workplace

  1. The most common cause of fires in the workplace is faulty electrics. Loose wires, plugs that are overloaded and old equipment can all make for a potential death trap. Your employer is legally obliged to regularly monitor the working of all appliances
  2. Flammable and combustible materials are a major hazard. A risk assessment should highlight appropriate storage, correct disposal and in-depth processes for handling these materials and substances.
  3. Human error could cause a fire or explosion when flammable substances are knocked over or food is burned in the staff kitchen for instance. However it is the duty of the employer to risk assess equipment and work related processes to ensure the risk of an incident occuring is minimised.
  4. General negligence is where proper procedures have not been followed by employees. You may have been injured as a third party when a colleague does not follow proper procedures. In this case you could still make a claim for personal injury compensation
  5. Dangerous substances are one of the main causes of fires and explosions and include preparations such as paints, varnishes, solvents and dusts which when mixed with air could cause an explosive atmosphere. Again these substances and their uses should all be highlighted within an active risk assessment.

Making a claim: fires and explosions

If you have suffered from personal injury at work due to a fire or explosion, and you feel it was someone else’s fault or due to negligence, you can make a claim for compensation. This money can help you with any period where you may have had to be away from work and not received wages, had to pay for care and medication and associated costs due to the incident. It may also help prevent another incident occurring if health and safety measures are tightened.

Even though employers have to ensure health and safety regulations are adhered to, they are aware accidents will occur in the workplace and so use Employer Liability Insurance to cover compensation costs.

How we can help you claim compensation

At Workplace Accident Helpline our professional consultants specialise in helping people claim for accidents, illnesses or diseases which originate in the workplace. We guide you through the whole process on a no win-no fee basis. We will match the needs of your case and personal preferences with our panel of solicitors who are pre-screened experts in this type of claim. To make an enquiry simply fill in our compensation claim form or call us on 0800 327 7919

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