Moffat & Co Solicitors

Moffat & Co Solicitors
Accident Compensation Claim Solicitors Scotland
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Work Accident Claims

Work Accidents that lead to successful compensation claims

There are many types of occupation, such as building and construction sites, that are more risky than others (e.g. working in an office). However, there are many common accident types across different types of work places. These can often lead to a success claim for compensation. We explore some of the most common ones in this article.

1. Construction sites

As mentioned in the introduction, construction sites are particularly hazardous and incredibly likely to lead to personal injury claims. There are various pieces of equipment that can lead to injury, including ladders, diggers and other mechanical machinery and scaffolding. Some of the most frequent injuries on building sites relate to falls on ladders or scaffolding. Falls from any height above a few feet can lead to a serious injury including fractures, snapped tendons and severe bruising.

If the equipment was faulty or was not erected correctly, this can lead to a successful claim for compensation.

2. Trips and Slips in the work place

Whether in an office, on a building site or in a factory or a warehouse, if equipment is left ‘laying around’ this can cause employers to slip over it. Sometimes employees are rushing around the work place to ensure their work is completed on time and do not see hazards or obstacles falling over them and suffering injuries.

If the equipment has been left there for some time this can lead to a successful claim for compensation. Likewise, if the employer has failed to train their staff adequately this may also lead to a claim for compensation.

3. Spillages

Whether spillages of water or chemicals occur, injuries can be sustained by slipping. Obviously, if the slipping injuries take place on chemicals they can be more severe if these chemicals react with the skin.

Whatever the nature of the liquid, you are entitled at work to be in a safe working environment. If a machine is leaking, or staff have spilled items but not cleaned them up and you subsequently slip on them, you may well be able to make a claim for compensation as a request of the injuries that you sustain.

4. Falling items

Often in warehouses or factories, or on building sites, items are dropped from high areas and fall on to staff working below. This can lead to severe injuries, or even crushing injuries. The same can happen when shelves fall away from walls or simply collapse on to somebody.

5. Defective equipment or machinery

There are many different items in the work place that can cause injury. In an office, a simple gas mechanism in a chair can break causing the chair to collapse suddenly leading to serious back injury. In other parts of the work place, electrical machinery can explode if not wired correctly, or staff may not be trained correctly and may suffer injury when using machinery. Defective equipment accounts for a significant number of accidents in the work place each year.


Every employer has a duty to ensure that their staff are safe in the work place. However, every employee must also take all action possible to ensure their own safety. There are many hazards in the work place but common sense can save a lot of physical injury, pain and suffering and should always be used at work.

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My case was dealt with personally by Stan Moffat and what a brilliant guy. His office contacted me personally by telephone at the start of my claim to explain who they were and what they would be doing for me. All through the case I was kept fully informed of all actions either by e-mail or by letter and reassured by Stan several times of any queries I had.

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I highly recommend the service that this firm brings and the speed that they move at.

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