Workers involved in maintenance tasks need to be trained accordingly, in order to develop an often extensive skill-set. Unlike their colleagues who might have an allotted task on a manufacturing production line, maintenance staff need to be familiar with an array of workplace machinery and procedures.
Because this wide range of activities brings with it various potential risks and hazards, the role of these specialised workers sometimes has to have a comprehensive risk management policy in place. But no matter how far-reaching this might be in terms of protecting staff, building maintenance accidents can still happen at any time.
The type of risk strategy covering maintenance workers is particularly pertinent to employees in small or medium-sized organisations. The plan is liable to cover aspects such as the time to be allotted to maintaining different machines, as well as the resources to be allocated to test safety equipment.
In order to check fail-safe mechanisms, maintenance workers might have to halt production processes and climb inside machinery, into potentially hazardous situation (it takes time for fast-moving parts to cool down). Starting these processes up again can be a risky undertaking in itself.
What other factors prompt building maintenance accidents
Testing might involve using equipment that is not normally used in a particular location. Maintenance staff must wear appropriate protective clothing, such as respiratory for filter-cleaning operations. The specialised nature of this work means that maintenance work is often contracted out.
This places the workers in another potential predicament, in that they are at the mercy of health and safety standards of a different employer, and these may be considerably less stringent than their own. There may be culture clashes or communication issues.
The bottom line is that injuries to maintenance staff will be treated like any other industrial accident when it comes to investigating negligence.
Can Accident Advice Helpline provide no-obligation advice?
Industrial accidents can be deeply traumatic, but one after-effect is the fact that the causes of the incident must be assessed.
If you feel that there might be evidence of negligence, we would suggest your next course of action is seeking professional advice from an experienced compensation claims lawyer.
Phone Accident Advice Helpline now, on our free number – 0800 689 0500 – and we will ensure your case is handled by someone who will advise accordingly, on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: March 25, 2015
Author: David Brown