A slaughterhouse, also referred to as an abattoir, is a facility where farm animals are killed to supply meat products. Due to the intensity of the machinery that is used throughout a slaughterhouse, as well as the large scale of the operation, there is a risk that injury could occur. If you have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault at a slaughterhouse, you could possibly be owed compensation.
Accidents at work in a slaughterhouse
All employers have a duty of care towards their employees to ensure that safety standards are met. If your work environment is unsafe this could result in an accident which causes an injury. Slaughterhouses can be especially dangerous due to the purpose of the machinery is used. For example, being pulled into machinery is one of the most common causes of injury in a slaughterhouse.
Possible injuries that can occur in a Slaughterhouse include:
- Fractured fingers or other bones
- Head trauma
- Infection, such as the bacterial infection brucellosis, which can occur due to being in contact with animals as they die/are recently deceased
- Crushing injuries – caused by being caught in a rolling machine
- Burns due to a proximity to machinery or substances
- Chemical injury – perhaps due to fluids used during the slaughter process
Ensuring workplace safety in a slaughterhouse or abattoir
Slaughterhouses can be especially dangerous places to work. Therefore, it is essential that your employer meets ensures health and safety standards to create a safe working environment for everyone.
Some steps that your employer should take to ensure your safety include:
- They should provide you with work boots. It is important that you have adequate footwear to ensure that you can grip onto any surface. Your feet should also have some protection against anything that might fall onto them.
- They should conduct risk assessments. Regular risk assessments of your work environment should be conducted to ensure that all machinery is functioning properly and that any other risks have been accounted for and solved if possible.
- They should provide proper training. Adequate training on how to handle and operate any machinery that you will be using should have been conducted. Proper training on how to safely kill animals and not risk contamination should have also been conducted by your employer.
If your employer has failed to follow any of these steps, or a health and safety standard not listed, and if this has resulted in an accident then you may be entitled to compensation.
Slaughterhouse Compensation Claims
If you have experienced any of the injuries or slaughterhouse accidents listed above, or any other type of injury, due to negligence at work then you may be entitled to compensation. While a workplace compensation claim will provide compensation for any suffering caused by the injury, it could also cover any travel costs or other expenses that were incurred due to the accident. If you have been unable to return to work due to the injury, then you could also be entitled to loss of earnings compensation.
As each case of workplace negligence is unique, our expert personal injury solicitors will assess each case on an individual basis. If you believe that you have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault, contact Jefferies Solicitors today to start your compensation claim.
Contact Jefferies Solicitors Today to start your slaughterhouse injury claim
Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of workplace accident cases. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible.
At first, we will need some initial details about the specifics of the injuries you have received.