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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common crushing accident injuries

    Crushing accidents at work can cause serious, even fatal injuries. Here are some of the most common crushing accident injuries and their causes.

    Common crushing accident injuries

    The most common causes of crushing injuries are:

    • Contact with moving parts of machinery
    • Collapse of or falling construction materials
    • Crushing by moving objects or vehicles

    Common crushing accident injuries include:

    • Injuries to the fingers/hands by getting caught in machinery
    • Injuries to the feet/legs by falling objects or moving parts of machinery
    • Head, chest or spinal injuries by collapsing structures or falling objects
    • Injuries caused by being hit by a vehicle

    Most common crushing accident injuries occur in the construction industry and industries involving the use of heavy machinery, forklifts and other vehicles.


    Employers have a legal duty of care to protect their workers against accidents at work. This includes preventing crushing accidents by:

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    • Ensuring safety guards preventing accidental contact with moving machinery parts are in place
    • Providing personal protective equipment (helmets, for instance)
    • Implementing and enforcing safe working procedures
    • Training workers adequately for the tasks they are expected to carry out
    • Adequately marking areas frequented by forklifts and other vehicles
    • Keeping machinery and vehicles in good, safe working order


    Employees have a duty of care to protect themselves and colleagues against work accidents by:

    • Adhering to safe working procedures
    • Wearing provided protective equipment
    • Only operating machinery/equipment they are trained to use
    • Acting in a responsible, safe manner at all times

    Injured at work

    If you suffered an injury at work because your employer or a colleague were in breach of their duty of care, you may qualify for work injury compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    We have a team of in-house solicitors with over 15 years’ experience in handling work injury claims. Boasting an impressive track record, we can deal with most claims almost entirely over the phone and often manage to negotiate satisfactory settlements out of court.

    We can, however, not guarantee that your case will be settled in this way. The reason for this is the simple fact that circumstances vary from one case to the next. This also prevents us from precisely predicting how long it will take for your claim to be settled or how much compensation you will ultimately be awarded.

    Get advice and support

    You can get helpful advice on making a claim and ask for a solicitor to be assigned to your case by calling our 24-hour freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from any UK landline or mobile now.

    Date Published: March 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice


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