Having an accident at work while carrying dangerous goods
Having an accident at work bears the risk of sustaining serious personal injuries in most professions. However, being involved in a work accident while carrying dangerous goods could be fatal. Read an overview of accidents at work.
When carrying a hazardous load as part of your job there are a variety of dangers involved. Not only does carrying the goods by road or rail involve the risk of having a vehicle accident but if, for example, a spillage occurred it also involves the risk of a fire or explosion which could cause chemical burns and environmental damage.
This could mean as a result of someone else's carelessness or negligence, employees, bystanders and the surroundings could be harmed in a work accident associated with the carriage of dangerous goods.
What are dangerous goods?
Hazardous goods can be either liquid or solid, are tested and assessed against internationally-agreed criteria and are then assigned to different classes, depending on their predominant hazard. The official classes of dangerous goods are as follows:
1 explosive substances and articles
3 flammable liquids
4.1 flammable solids, self-reflective substances and solid desensitised explosives
4.2 substances liable to spontaneous combustion
4.3 substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
5.1 oxidising substances
5.2 organic peroxides
6.1 toxic substances
6.2 infectious substances
7 radioactive materials
8 corrosive substances
9 miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles
Overcoming accidents at work
There are specific regulations involved with carrying dangerous goods, which aim to protect those directly involved, such as carriers, and those who might come involved, such as the emergency services, any of whom could sustain serious personal injuries from a dangerous goods associated accident at work. Read more about accident at work prevention.
The carriage of dangerous goods by road or rail is regulated internationally by agreements and European Directives. These regulations are designed to make sure that everyone involved in the carriage of the goods knows what they can take to minimise the risk of an accident occurring.
According to ADR, all organisations who carry dangerous goods by road filling must appoint one or more Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors (DGSAs).
The main duty of the DSGA is to ensure that carriage of dangerous goods and related activities are conducted in the safest possible way in order to avoid the risk of personal injuries caused as a result of accidents at work. They advise the following:
- Dangerous goods are always identified.
- Appropriate equipment is used in connection with carriage and loading.
- Employees are given adequate training and maintenance of training records is adhered to.
- Emergency procedures are taken in the event of any accident or incident that may affect safety.
Making a claim after an accident at work
While health and safety in the workplace is the responsibility of both the employee and the employer, in the majority of cases negligence shown by an employer is the cause of work accidents.
If you, or someone close to you has suffered personal injuries as a result of a work accident and you would like to make a compensation claim, then we are here to help.
We can help you to claim for what is rightfully yours, be it compensation for pain, suffering, distress, lost earnings, medical expenses or damaged belongings.
What's more, we work on a no win no fee basis and we won't charge you a penny for any of our services.
To find out more about our no win no fee, cost-free compensation claim service or to make a claim following an accident at work today, just call 0800 197 32 32.