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Better working conditions preventing accidents at work

Thousands of people are injured in accidents at work every year and many will consider making a claim against their employer for the serious personal injuries they sustain whilst at work.

Employees are exposed to a number of risks in the workplace but none can compare to the poor working conditions that people faced in the late 19th century where a reported 60 people died every month.

In an era when company bosses took advantage of their staff because they were unaware of their employee rights, a number of people suffered severe if not fatal accidents at work.

Accident statistics
At the turn of the century, the fatality rate was 30 times worse than it is today with many factories ignoring health and safety regulations in a bid to increase mass production and profits. A report published in 1885 documented the causes of these serious accidents and demonstrated just how dangerous the working environment was.

From day one, many workers were at risk of suffering workplace injuries. With poor management organisation they received no formal training and were given limited instructions on how to carry out their work safely.

The report stated that in the annual death toll, 49% of all fatalities were caused by falls, particularly in factories where no safeguard had been installed to prevent people falling from a great height. The report also said that nearly 25% of all deaths were caused when workers became crushed or entangled in machinery and almost a third of the total death toll was a result of maintenance work fatalities.

The Lady Inspectors
In 1898 a small team of women decided to fight against the many factory bosses who were exploiting their workers and putting them at risk of a number of potential work accidents. They made it their duty to inspect factories and ensure that employees' working conditions were satisfactory and that bosses were not taking advantage of their members of staff with regard to length of working hours, statutory meal breaks and Sunday Working rules.

The employees' exposure to asbestos was amongst their concerns and one Lady Inspector's report noted the danger of "the sharp, glass-like, jagged nature of the particles."

It seems somehow ironic that asbestos would have continued to have been used for decades after the inspectors pointed out the dangerous material, which has recently led to a great number of compensation claims being made for industrial disease.

The vastness of accidents at work during the 19th century can not compare to today's standards of health and safety and if the Lady Inspectors were still alive today, they would be very impressed with the improvements that have been made in the last hundred years. However, no matter how greatly things have improved, some employees are still at risk of suffering personal injuries at work.

Making a compensation claim after an accident at work
If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim for your personal injuries. Whether you have suffered a leg, back, or head injury, The Claim Solicitors can help you make a successful work accident compensation claim.

The Claim Solicitors are associated with a panel of expert solicitors who specialise in accident at work injury claims. They have a fantastic success rate so you can feel rest assured that they will work hard to gain the most compensation available.

We work on a no win, no fee basis. What this means is that, in the event your case is not successful, you won't be charged a penny. It means that making a claim is a completely risk free process - this lets you focus on getting better, not worrying about money.

Call The Claim Solicitors today on 0800 197 32 32 and speak to one of our friendly advisors who will guide you through the process of making a compensation claim for your accident at work.

Alternatively, you can chat online to one of our advisors or request a call back for a time more convenient for you.