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:
- 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.
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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.
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Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice