If you have suffered an accident in a factory or food and meat processing environment, you may have certain questions in mind regarding your employer’s responsibilities and whether you are eligible to make a claim * against them. On this page you will find some general guidance relating to typical injuries sustained in factories and food processing workplaces.
Instigating a claim for negligence
Factory accidents and accidents at work involving meat processing equipment are relatively common which is perhaps unsurprising given the nature of the risks that are associated with the activities involved.
Many accidents in meat factories result from handling excessive weight, i.e. having to carry carcasses that are too heavy for one individual to carry on their own.
In some cases employees are provided with gauntlets but find that it is not realistically possible for them to work as quickly are they are expected to by their employer while wearing these protective garments, resulting in hand injuries from knives and other cutting implements.
Many employees working in the meat processing industry are foreign nationals whose first language is not English. As a result there can often be language issues, where employees have ostensibly been trained in a certain area of health and safety but haven’t properly understood what was involved or expect of them, or how they were being told to carry out their duties correctly and safely.
More generally, one tends to find that employees are often trained or shown an ideal way of doing things but then expected to work at such a speed that it’s not possible to work in the way that they have been trained, if they are going to meet the targets that are imposed on them. In those circumstances, people are naturally inclined to cut corners and try to do whatever is necessary to work as quickly as they believe they need to. This is often seen by management but isn’t stopped because they realize that it’s going to affect productivity.
Accordingly, one has to look at the work environment in its overall context, particularly if management is alleging contributory negligence in the event of a claim. It may well be the case that paperwork was in order and training was provided, but that in the actual day to day management of the site safety was overlooked, corners were cut, and best practice was deviated from.
Take a look at the Health & Safety Authority PDF – Guidance on the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences). It contains useful information regarding the reporting requirements of employers.
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims *, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including workplace and road traffic accidents. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we have worked with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. If you have been involved in a factory accident or sustained an injury in a meat processing environment, you can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance with your claim *.
Get in contact with our personal injury solicitors today to make a start on your claim * or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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