While using jump leads to start a car may seem to be a fairly simple procedure, it can be extremely dangerous if you do not know what you are doing or fail to follow a few simple safety precautions.
The dangers involved in starting a vehicle with the help of jump leads include the risk of injury by electrocution, explosion or fire, as well as the risk of being injured by moving engine parts or battery acid. To prevent such accidental injuries, it is important to follow these safety rules:
- Check jump leads carefully for damage before using them, as damaged leads can overheat and cause injuries by fire
- Never attempt to start leaking or apparently damaged batteries, as they could explode and cause potentially serious personal injuries
- Keep metal hand tools, watch straps or rings, stray wires or clips well out of the way, as they may otherwise cause injuries by electrocution or sparks likely to cause an explosion, which may in turn result in battery acid being released, and subsequent accidental injury.
You should also keep your hands well out of the way and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing, such as sleeves, neck-ties, scarves, and so on, while working on vehicles with the engine running, as it is all too easy for such items or your hands to get caught by pulleys, belts or other moving parts and sustaining serious injuries at work as a result.
Working on vehicles
If your job requires you to work on vehicles with or without the engine running, it is imperative that you are trained adequately in all aspects of your work and that your employer makes you aware of necessary safety procedures like those described above. Legally bound to prevent accidents at work, your employer could be liable to pay industrial injury compensation to you if he or she fails in their legal duty and you have a work accident as a result.
In other work, if you sustain an injury at work because your employer was negligent, you can claim for work injury compensation. The Freephone helpline or Accident Advice Helpline website can provide you with more detailed information on how to get a claim for workplace accident compensation started.
Our line is totally confidential and our experienced, helpful and sympathetic advisors will not put you under any obligation to make a compensation claim at any point during or after your initial conversation. Call today on 0800 689 0500 to get your compensation journey started.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice