If you work on a construction site, you’re probably used to seeing, or working with heavy machinery.
There’s no doubt that forklifts, cranes, diggers and drills make working on-site easier than it’s probably ever been and one large piece of machinery can probably do in ten minutes what it would take five men to do in an hour.
However, there are risks that come with using big machines and if not used correctly, you could be putting yourself at risk when it comes to a work accident or personal injury.
Accidents at work can be caused by heavy machinery
It’s one thing to benefit from heavy machinery, but it’s important that you have the right training and the correct precautions are taken to keep you safe.
Look at the picture above, the machinery might be helping those guys do their job, but there is no way you can say that is a safe way to operate and a work accident is a real possibility.
If you are going to be using heavy machinery on a construction site then you need to check the following:
- The machinery has recently been checked
- You have been fully trained in how to use the machinery
- You are insured
If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to make a work accident claim
Failure to comply with any of the regulations above, leading to an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, could mean that you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
It is the responsibility of all companies to make sure that employees are safe when at work, especially when machinery is involved.
An accident at work could lead to:
- Personal Injury
- Serious disability
- Time off work
- Loss of earnings
How to make a work accident claim
If you have been the victim of a work accident you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years of experience when it comes to compensation claims for personal injury and accidents at work.
They are a friendly law firm with professional advisors who are available on their freephone telephone number and you can talk to them in confidence with no obligation to proceed.
Because most of the information is gathered over the phone, it means you probably won’t have to appear in court yourself.
Date Published: October 25, 2013
Author: David Brown