Our Expert Solicitors Can Help You Claim Compensation for Injuries Sustained in Accidents While Working at a Power Station
Power stations are much safer places to work than they once were, and strict legislation and regulation govern the health and safety requirements and responsibilities placed upon employers in this sector.
Nevertheless, significant risks remain and accidents, when they do occur, can cause very serious injuries. Workers at power stations are exposed to all the typical risks involved in heavy industry, but are particularly vulnerable to injuries caused by electric shocks, burns, exposure to toxic materials, and fires and explosions. As in other environments, employers are required to put measures in place to safeguard workers from the dangers they face at work, but the range and amount of regulation specific to power stations means that getting expert advice on a claim is vital.
We have a highly experienced team of Work Accident Solicitors who will handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, and who will ensure that you receive the personal, professional service upon which we have built our reputation.
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If you have suffered an accident while working at a power station, please contact us today to discuss how we can assist you in putting together your potential claim.
Dangers associated with working at a power station
Electric shocks and electrocutions can easily occur when working with and around cables and electrical equipment. However, it is often arc flash related burns that cause the most injuries related to electrical hazards. This is often because, although the person working directly with the electrical source is wearing the correct protective clothing, others working with them, or in the vicinity of an arc flash, are not. Employers need to ensure that all workers are aware of the dangers of arc flashes (which can reach 10 feet from the source), and that appropriate safety equipment, such as voltage-rated gloves and tools, and flame-resistant clothing, is provided to all workers who require it.
Working with power boilers is a dangerous task, and boiler operators can easily suffer serious burns if an accident does happen. The biggest causes of injury related to power boilers are operator error or poor maintenance, although burner failure remains the biggest cause of death. Employers have a responsibility to reduce the risks experienced by all workers, and must ensure that all boiler operators receive appropriate and regularly updated training and that all equipment is properly tested and replaced as appropriate. For example, all boiler operators need to be aware of detailed start-up/shut-down procedures, all safety devices require proper maintenance and testing and equipment such as flue gas analysers should be used.
Workers in power stations are surrounded by a wide range of dangerous chemicals such as corrosives (acids and bases), oxidizers and solvents. Employers are required to ensure that the storage and use of these materials takes into account the risks that they pose to employees. One significant danger associated with hazardous chemicals is exposure to skin, and, as such, responsible employers need to provide emergency showers, face washes and eyewashes in any locations where workers may come into contact with dangerous chemicals. Not only that, but employers must also make sure that the location of all emergency equipment is clear and properly understood by employees, and that all employees understand how to operate it in the case of an accident. As such, effective and comprehensive training is required for all employees.
In addition to the dangers explained above, working in a nuclear power station clearly involves the specific risk of exposure to material which emits ionising radiations. Most workers at nuclear power stations are typically exposed to radiation in the course of their work, with some maintenance workers experiencing higher exposures. Usually, these exposures are at such low levels that they do not represent a significant risk of injury or illness. However, accidents can occur which result in nuclear power station workers being exposed to much higher, potentially very dangerous levels of radiation.
Employers must take all reasonable measures to ensure that employees are protected from these risks.
Common injuries sustained while working at a power station
The nature of the work carried out in a power station means that workers face the risk of injury on a daily basis. Accidents at work in this environment can very easily lead to injuries such as serious burns, electrocution and injuries associated with exposure to hazardous materials (see below).
Workers in nuclear power stations are also at risk of radiation related illnesses, such as cancer. In addition to this, workers at power stations are also at risk of suffering the following injuries, all of which are common in the industrial sector:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Slips, trips and falls
Asbestos exposure claims
Early power stations contained large amounts of asbestos installation to guard against the risk of the heating-generating and friction-producing machinery overheating and, potentially, catching fire. It was common for workers at these plants to be exposed to significant levels of asbestos fibre, and workers at these plants who later contracted cancer have successfully claimed against their former employers; it has been reported that workers in power stations are more than eight times more likely to die of asbestos related illnesses than the average population. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 now govern the protections which employers must have in place when workers are at risk from asbestos exposure, and stipulate that your employer must take reasonable measures to check for the existence of asbestos in a structure, and that they must assume that asbestos is present until strong evidence that it does not is discovered. Detailed assessments of all asbestos related risk must be carried out and risk management plans need to be adopted and implemented. If your employer does not fulfil their responsibilities to you in relation to your risk from asbestos, you may be able to make a claim for an asbestos related illness.
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