A machinery worker from Cheltenham, named Grzegorz Chylenski was awarded £2,500 of compensation claim for the physical injuries he received in a recent workplace accident. Chylenski’s company PG Components was recently directed by the Cheltenham Magistrates Court to pay him these compensatory benefits for the injuries on his face and year. The company was convicted for not adhering to the Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was asked to pay compensation for the accident at work that directly affected Mr. Chylenski. It was duly proved that the company failed to ensure safety and security for its workers.
Mr. Chylenski has been working with PG Components Limited. On the day of the accident, he was working on a Computer Numerically Controlled or CNC machine. The CNC machine was programmed by one of the directors of the PG Components Ltd. As per the company’s statement, the machine is programmed by the manufacturer in a way that it would stop whenever the door is opened. But according to the reports of the Health and Safety Executive, the machine did not work as intended at the time of the incident. The HSE investigation has revealed that the safety mechanism did not work because of the employer’s negligence.
Mr. Chylenski is not alone. Office accidents are pretty common across the UK. Most of these accidents occur due to the negligence of the employers. During 2010-11, over 600,000 workers met accidents at the workplaces. 200,000 of these accidents coerced the injured parties to lose 3 working days and 150,000 of these workers lost 7 working days according to Labor Force Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics. 171 workers died in 2010-11 alone.
Another facet of the recent stats is that only 180,000 of the 600,000 odd injured workers have reported their injuries to their employers. People who claimed for compensation for accidents at work were even lesser in number. This implies that not all workers are enlightened with adequate information about accident at work compensation claim. All employers are expected to abide by Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act of 1969. Within the Health and Safety Executive Framework, the workplace safety and security parameters are introduced and amended whenever required. A worker needs to understand that whenever he is filing a claim for any sort of malfeasance on his employer’s part, he is not doing any wrong. He is just acting within the framework of the English Tort Laws.