Online Retail: Are Personal Injury Claims increasing due to increased ordering?
Posted on 18th February 2020
According to the GMB Union, accidents or near misses at the UK warehouses of online retailer Amazon have increased dramatically over the past five years, with hundreds of workers “seriously injured or narrowly escaping” over the past three years. These figures are based on incidents that were serious enough to be reported to the Health & Safety executive (HSE) with 240 incidents being reported last year and 622 over the past three years.
Amazon has countered and points out that the size of their UK operations have increased dramatically and that the increase in accidents is, therefore, proportionate to the larger number of warehouses and staff they employ.
The latest figures, obtained by the GMB under a Freedom of Information Act request are the most recent development in a long-standing conflict between Amazon and Trade Unions over working conditions at their warehouses. GMB and TUC in particular state that Amazon are funding expensive Public Relations campaigns to falsely paint the picture that they are a good employer who is safe to work for, whereas Amazon state that they are indeed a good employer, pointing to their “open door” policy where member of the public are permitted to tour their warehouses to see for themselves the way they work.
This appears a dispute unlikely to be resolved soon, and with neither side gaining a clear advantage or backing down and notwithstanding the general dissatisfaction over the lack of tax paid by Amazon despite their soaring profits, the headlines are likely to continue to feature Amazon for the foreseeable future.
Whatever the truth behind the headlines is, a fact that remains consistent is that whomever you work for, you are owed a duty of care whilst at work and it is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that duty is fulfilled. Employers are obliged to implement safe systems of working, train staff properly, provide proper tools and protective equipment and generally, keep employees safe in whatever job they are doing. Should they not do so and you sustain an injury as a result of an accident at work, you are entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against your employer. MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitors, regularly pursue employers who are at fault for injuries sustained by employers.
Injury at work often results is other losses, such as lost earnings, medical expenses, travel costs and care costs. MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitors, have experience in pursuing employers following an accident at work and have consistently obtained successful results for clients. Should you have sustained an injury due to an accident at work, please contact MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitors at our offices in Lancaster, Garstang and Longridge by phone, email, web-contact form or by dropping into one of the offices to speak to us. We look to accept all personal injury claims on a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, no fee agreement) to ensure that, whatever your circumstances, you can pursue your claim for compensation using an experienced personal injury solicitor.
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