A piling hammer is a large piece of equipment used to drive piles into the ground. This can be used in a variety of different circumstances, ensuring different types of piles can be driven into whatever area they are required in.
Since they are rather large and can be potentially dangerous if not used in the proper manner, it makes sense that anyone using one should know exactly what they are doing.
Needless to say, accidents using a piling hammer have the potential to be serious in nature. This is a heavy piece of equipment and if it is incorrectly used or unstable in some way, people could potentially be injured quite seriously.
One man was hurt when a piling hammer fell on him a while back, and he has been unable to go back to work as a result.
Why might accidents using a piling hammer occur in the first place?
We’ve touched on this already but it is worth delving into the topic in more detail. Every employer has a duty to pay close attention to the health and safety laws. These ensure that the workplace is safe in every way so no one comes to any harm.
The employer should undertake risk assessments before anything is done so the potential risks come to light and the proper method of doing the particular job is discovered.
If there is any breakdown in the order of things, there is a greater likelihood of an accident happening that involves a piling hammer.
Proper supervision and planning can help prevent such an occurrence taking place. Fortunately very few incidents of this nature do occur; however when they do they can be potentially serious.
Using a piling hammer in complete safety
Clearly with the right site rules and observations in place there would be little chance of something going wrong.
While there are always potential risks, we can mitigate many of them simply by being well-prepared.
If this didn’t happen where you work and you were injured by a piling hammer, you know what the outcome can be like.
As such, make a call to Accident Advice Helpline today, completely free of charge. It won’t cost anything to call us at 0800 689 0500 and it could be the best call you make if it brings you to make a no win, no fee* compensation claim.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Working with tools injury