Workplace accidents number in the tens of thousands every year, and many of these are due to employer negligence. The very nature of an accident means that you can never fully ensure that these never take place, but certain health and safety procedures can reduce the chances drastically. Using heavy machinery in the workplace can mean putting yourself and others at risk if the correct training has not been undergone. By not paying due care and attention whilst operating machinery in the workplace, the chances of causing a serious injury are fairly high.
Types of Injury Caused By Machinery in the Workplace
One of the main causes of machinery related injuries in the workplace is not having the correct safety equipment in place. This can mean not wearing the correct protective gloving, gloves, boots and goggles, or perhaps having the proper safety guards on the work equipment. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that all of the appropriate safety equipment procedures are followed. But even with this all in place, a careless employee can still create an accident by careless actions. Some of the electrical machinery requires a certain amount of training before it can be used safely. The employer must provide this training and failure to do so can result in serious injury. Each type of work related machinery needs to be maintained to a certain standard, and the employer is responsible for this maintenance. If you are involved in a machinery related accident in the workplace, you may need to seek financial compensation for your injuries.
How to Reduce These Injuries
Your employer has certain duties regarding safe use of machinery and work equipment. By following the correct procedures, your working conditions will be far safer. You need to be provided with correct training for each different type of work machinery you are required to use, as well as having access to the appropriate safety equipment. A thorough risk assessment needs to be carried out regularly by your employer, and any extra risk factor needs to be dealt with.
If you are unfortunate enough to become injured at work, whilst using machinery, you should look carefully into the circumstances surrounding this incident. If you decide that you employer has shown negligence, please call Accident Advice Helpline for free and expert advice. We can tell you with 30 seconds if you are able to sue them for financial compensation. We have been helping injured workers for 13 years, so please pick up the phone if this has happened to you.
Date Published: October 4, 2013
Author: David Brown