Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and a myriad of other legislative pieces, employers have a duty of care to their employees; a duty to minimise all workplace and occupational hazards by as much as is humanly possible. Where machinery is concerned, this will involve routine inspections and maintenance to ensure that it is fit for use and fault free. Such inspections and maintenance should be carried out by trained, qualified professionals and records of such activity should be kept. Where machinery is found to be defective or faulty, its use should be discontinued until repairs or a replacement can be made. Further to this, machinery operators should be well trained in the use of such machinery and this training should be refreshed on a regular basis. Other on-site personnel should be aware of the risks posed by machinery, so warning signs should be used to indicate related hazards and training should be provided to make them aware of the risks and procedures to undertake when working with, or around these machines. Where personnel are required to work around these machines, guardrails and safety nets should be implemented where possible to prevent staff from falling into, or getting caught on them.
In addition to the above, routine health and safety assessments will need to be carried out to identify any new risks so that steps can be taken to protect staff. Supervisors and trained professionals should also be present to supervise staff and to identify any arising issues that typical procedures and activities might not cater for.
What Causes Machinery Accidents at Work?
In the event that any of the responsibilities above are neglected by the employer, personnel can be injured and killed as a result. Where safety equipment and guardrails are absent, employees can fall into machinery, or get caught by moving parts. Accidents like these can result in crushing and tearing injuries as well as lacerations; all of which can lead to debilitating injuries and even death. Depending upon the machine’s purpose, burns, electric shocks and limb amputations are also possible. Where a machine has not been maintained properly, it may malfunction and cause injury to either the operator or other personnel on the ground or in the vicinity.
It’s also possible that dangerous machinery may only operate in certain areas; certain signals or alarms may indicate use and might alert personnel to keep clear. Unless there are easily visible signs, or clear signals and alarms, accidents can also occur in these instances. Industrial noise has been known to mask such warning signals leading to accidents and injury.
What should happen in the event of a machinery accident?
It is vital that all machinery is used and maintained in accordance with the law to prevent these accidents from occurring. Where serious accidents do occur they should be reported in accordance to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). All machinery involved should be shut off where appropriate to help free the victim. Where electricity is involved, the machine must also be isolated from the grid to prevent further injuries to those giving aid. Such incidents should also be catalogued in an accident book, whilst onlookers and witnesses should provide their details so they can be contacted in future regarding machinery accidents. The victim should be cared for by the on-duty first aider until professional help arrives; if the victim is unconscious or bleeding, be sure to keep their airway open and try to control the bleeding as much as possible.
Machinery Accident Compensation Claims
The injuries you may sustain after a machinery accident may vary in severity, but at the very least you will likely experience pain and will have to take time off work which could result in a loss of earnings. At worst, you could be permanently disabled and unable to work, assuming the accident is not fatal. In situations like this, it pays to get an expert personal injury claims solicitor involved as quickly as possible. A successful machinery accident claim can help to reimburse you for your lost earnings and it can pay towards improved medical care which could help you to return to work.
An expert personal injury solicitor will be able to proceed with your claim on your behalf, collating all of the required evidence and documentation to substantiate your claim. If you instruct us to do this for you, we will manage the entire process whilst providing expert support and advice throughout.
At Asons Solicitors, we’ve dealt with variety machinery accident compensation claims, so we understand how hard it can be for sufferers to take this important and decisive step. The law protects those who come forward to claim compensation, so if you fear for your job security, do not be put off from making a claim. If your employer has been negligent in their duty to provide a safe working environment for you, and you have suffered as a result, compensation is the lawful way for them to make amends.
I think I may be affected, what should I do?
If you have suffered an injury due to a machinery accident at work, you should contact Asons Solicitors today. We can arrange for you to see a specialist who will be able to determine the best course of treatment, whilst detailing the true extent of your injuries for our records. We can then begin building your claim for machinery accident compensation.
After consulting with us, you should also notify your current employer. You should speak to them to ensure that your injury can be accommodated, whilst ensuring that appropriate safeguards and measures are put into place to prevent other staff members and colleagues from becoming victims of the same accident you were involved in.
Where else can I find help and advice?
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides plenty of helpful information for both employers and victims of machinery accidents. It provides brochures and printed material for use in the work place as well as guides and checklists for ensuring employee safety. It also includes directions to other support groups that deal with specific injuries so you may find added support and information there.
How can Asons Solicitors help?
We understand that being the victim of a machinery accident at work can be stressful, and that the resulting time off work and loss of income can be frustrating. No one knows this better than our expert personal injury solicitors. By speaking to us, you will be guaranteed to receive the utmost care and attention whilst we deal with your machinery accident compensation claim.
Industrial Accident Compensation
An injury sustained from an industrial accident can cause a variety of problems. Aside from the initial pain, the impact on long term health and future career prospects can be just as much of a worry.
While an industrial accident is unfortunate, it is unsettling to think that they are often easily preventable. Employers have a ‘Duty of Care’ to their employees, to do everything within their means to reduce the risks present in the workplace. Businesses have strict health and safety procedures and policies to follow, which should serve to safeguard their employees. Despite this, there are cases where Employers are shown to be negligent in carrying out such guidelines, either through ignorance or neglect.
In a scenario where an employee is injured, and the employer has been found to have been negligent, then the employer is considered liable and can be pursued for an industrial accident claim.
The Machinery Accident Guidelines
The legislation regarding industrial health and safety is clear, thereby leaving no room for an employer to fail in providing a safe working environment for their employees. Depending on the industry, there are measures that should be taken, such as providing personal protective equipment (PPE), training and making recommended safety checks. If an employer fails to do so, and you suffer an injury as a result of that neglect, then you may be eligible for industrial accident compensation.
Machinery Accident Resources
Our comprehensive guide to the problem of accidents sustained at work, called Workplace Accidents – The Occupational Hazard, details all types of common claims from falls to electric shocks to hearing loss, alongside remarkable statistics on their occurrence.
Our Machinery Accident Experience
Our expert personal injury solicitors will quickly asses the details of your case to ascertain whether or not you have a claim for industrial accident compensation. If an employer has been negligent towards employee safety, we will conduct an in-depth investigation, allowing us to collect all the medical evidence and substantiating documentation required to build a compelling case.
As well as assessing the present impact your industrial accident has had upon your health, we will also consider the future implications; such as loss of earnings, costs for therapy, and treatment and care. We will utilise the information we have found to achieve the compensation you deserve, fairly reflecting the pain, suffering and inconvenience you have suffered. We will strive to achieve the greatest possible success for your Industrial accident claim, so that the compensation you receive will support you both now, and in future.
Be Quick Though…
There is a time limit for making industrial accident claims, so you need to be quick before you become ‘statute barred.’ As soon as you seek legal expertise we can begin building your case. We work at the cutting edge of industrial accident case law, so it is likely we have conducted a case like yours in the past. This means that we can focus upon the most critical matters from the outset.
We pride ourselves on providing first-class legal advice and support. Our team of expert solicitors have a wealth of expertise and knowledge that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.