Successful Industrial Injury Claim Steps

  • March 27, 2018

If you have recently suffered a workplace industrial injury then there is a chance that the accident just put your career on the line. Yet less than 1 in 10 people injured in an industrial accident in the UK will claim for compensation from their employers or the state.

So, is it the case in Britain that we don’t like to sue our employers or the state for compensation following a workplace injury, or is it that we are simply not aware of what our rights are?

Employers’ Duty

Although there are protections in place for employees for many years such as employers should comply with a general duty towards the level of health and safety standards in a workplace. It was only following Britain’s entry into the European Union that these laws became more than a toothless tiger and started to bite back.

Today, employers have a duty to ensure that your overall safety in the workplace is free from the risk of an accident injury by ensuring:

– that they employ competent co-workers to work with you;
– that they provide you with adequate materials;
– that the equipment you use complies with safety requirements;
– that you are provided with protective clothing (if needed); and
– that proper training and adequate supervision be provided to minimise the risk of any workplace injury.

Industrial Accident Claim

Such is the scope of the UK and EU law, it protects employees from an industrial accident. If you do need to make an industrial injury claim you will probably be fighting under one of these legislations:

– The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1992): which imposes a requirement that employers make an assessment of any foreseeable risk of exposure to a workplace injury and if such a risk exists to take action to prevent such;

– The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (1992): which imposes a duty on employers to ensure the safety of their employees with respect to the maintenance of the workplace, its ventilation, temperature, lighting, etc.;

– The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992): which imposes a requirement that, in as much as it is possible, employers should avoid employees needing to undertake manual handling operations at work that involve an element of risk;

– The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992): which requires employers to provide employees with adequate protective clothing if they are exposed to any risk (such as protective glasses); and

– The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998): under which employers are required to ensure that equipment used by their employees is fit for the purpose.

Industrial Injury Solicitor

Having said that there are adequate provisions in place to protect employees in the case of any workplace injury. Unfortunately lots of employers in the UK are either unaware of their duty of care or simply refuse to comply with it.

In such circumstances, while there will almost certainly be a case for industrial injury compensation, to ensure that your rights as an employee are adequately being protected and that you receive fair and impartial advice on what your rights are under the relevant laws. You should seek the advice of an industrial injury solicitor following an industrial accident.

Even in circumstances where you are on good terms with your employer, if you want to make sure that your industrial injury claim will compensate you to the maximum you are allowed under the law, you should ask an industrial injury lawyer for his advice and assistance in handling your case.

Keep in mind that the solicitor will have your best interests at heart, whereas your employer will have the company’s best interests at heart.

Ensure To Pursue With An Accident Claim

Finally, if you are in an unfortunate position to be recovering from a work injury and are considering your options as to whether or not to bring a claim against your employer, remember that you owe your employer nothing, whereas your employer owed you a duty to ensure you don’t get injured at work!

What’s more, if you don’t make a claim for industrial injury compensation, do you really believe that 5 years down the road from now your employer is going to remember who you are as you struggle by on benefits?

Public Relations Strategies For Manufacturers and Industrial Suppliers

  • March 18, 2018

By Conrad Bailey

What you are about to read here is not what you would expect to learn about marketing industrial products via public relations, or what you would normally find from other PR sources. The reason is because the majority of public relations articles you’ll find online are nothing more than hidden sales pitches from PR firms that offer advice based on what’s best for their agency – and not the client. You know the ones – that always end their article with an offer to purchase or learn more about their promotional services. In this article you’ll get none of that.

Don’t Outsource Your Public Relations

Writing and submitting press releases and stories to the media is one of the most cost effective ways to promote your industrial products. However, unless your company has deep pockets and money to throw away, writing and distributing press releases is much more cost-effective when you do it yourself. Forget traditional PR firms – they charge ridiculous fees just to write and submit your press release. You’ll get much better results by using the services and tools of online companies like PR Web and PR Leap to distribute your press releases to your target media. In result you can generate some relevant and often permanent back links to your Web site. An additional benefit that can drive traffic to your site for months or even years.

Reaching A More Highly Targeted Audience

Services like PR Web are excellent for promoting your company and products to mass media. But remember, the biggest benefit comes not from the distribution of those press releases, but when editors or producers that see your press release contact you to follow-up on your story for their publication or station. That is where the most exposure will be generated.

In addition to using services like PR Web, you can and should submit your press release directly to the most relevant media sources you can find, such as trade publications that are read by your target audience. But do it yourself – don’t waste your money on PR firms that claim to specialize in the trade press. All they are actually doing is snail mailing your press release to trade magazines or journals that you can easily find yourself using media directories like Gebbie Press. Besides, there are probably no more than 5 to 10 trade publications that are ideal for your press release. So don’t pay some PR firm thousands of dollars to submit your press release to hundreds of magazines when only a handful may be interested in publishing it.

Writing A Good Press Release

Writing a good press release is not that difficult if you focus on what makes your story newsworthy. Just ignore the marketing hype and write about your product’s features, user benefits and what makes it different (superior) than similar products in the marketplace. That is what makes a press release newsworthy and more likely to be published by the media you are targeting.

Some public relations companies will charge up to $250 or more to write a press release. You can find freelancers online or at local colleges that will do it for much less. Still, you’ll always get better results by writing it yourself. After all, if you’re the person responsible for public relations at your company, then you know more about your products and the benefits they offer than anyone else. So doesn’t it make sense that you are the most qualified person to write a solid press release?

One of the best ways to learn how to write a powerful press release is to know everything there is to know about your product and the exact market you are targeting. Secondly, analyze the press releases your competitors are putting out on the Web. Make sure your release indicates unique benefits such as the technical edge your product has in the marketplace… since new technology is always a newsworthy topic. Lastly, make sure to include a good headline, such as one that might propose a solution, build curiosity or express some kind of benefit.

Distributing Your Press Releases

Distributing your press releases is not a matter of what delivery method you prefer, but rather which method the editor prefers. There are editors that want it sent by email, while others prefer it’s delivered by fax or snail mail. If you’re not sure, give them a call and find out which delivery method and format they prefer, if any. It makes a good impression and can also make a significant difference whether it gets published or not.

Whatever you do, you should never mass mail, fax blast or bulk email your press releases. I guarantee you’ll be wasting serious money and a lot of time. For now on, focus on fewer but more relevant media sources. It’s easier and much more productive to work with 10 to 50 solid media sources that serve your target market.

Some Final Words

If there is one tip in this article you remember and follow, make it this. The need to gain a competitive edge through public relations is greater now than in any other time in history. Due to the Internet, promoting your company and products has never been easier or faster than it is right now. The key is to remember that when it comes to public relations, people’s needs will always change, so you must aim well ahead of the target to hit it.

About The Author :

Conrad Bailey is co-founder and vice president of IndustrialLeaders.com, and author of the
popular Co-Op Industrial Advertising Blog at: http://www.IndustrialLeaders.com/blog/

Office Cleaning, Industrial Maintenance – Employ Contractors And Save.

  • March 9, 2018

Who cleans your offices? Who is wandering around your private spaces with possible sight of your confidential documents? Most companies employ cleaning staff directly. Supervision of these cleaners can be a time-consuming management task. This is the main reason that an increasing number of companies are choosing to employ specialist, cleaning contractors to maintain their office environment.

You will find many companies that specialize in cleaning offices. These companies may employ personnel who have security clearances and have been trained in using heavy duty carpet vacuuming and cleaning systems. Commercial cleaning systems can achieve far higher dust removal and hygiene standards than those generally available in retail outlets.

Industrial cleaning contractors who specialize in cleaning equipment and plant are fewer in number. There are a few national companies and you will also find local businesses that specialize in this area.

If a company is carrying food in tankers, flour, for example, the tankers will need to be cleaned by specialist and certified companies. Road tankers and storage tanks for chemicals and oil products need to be cleaned to ensure the integrity of the manufacturing process. Only a company specializing in tank cleaning will have the special equipment and certification that are necessary.

Another specialist area is in the removal of lime-scale from the heating elements of boilers and hot water systems. If these are not cleaned regularly there will be significantly increased running costs to bear. Again these are specialist jobs, requiring specialist chemicals and personnel trained in their use.

It is not a good use of capital for any company to train and retain its own maintenance department, when there are external contractors who will do the job for a fair price. The contractor can offer a low quote for a job because their equipment and personnel are kept busy and you will not be paying the costs associated with under use of resources.