Many machines will have safety controls that ensure they can only be operated under certain conditions. For example the controls will need to be operated in a certain way for the machine to be used. This ensures the machine is much safer than it would otherwise be. For example there could be a guard that must drop into place to protect the machine user before they are able to use the machine. If this guard is not in place because someone has bypassed safety controls, someone could potentially be injured when they use the machine.
Unfortunately companies such as Accident Advice Helpline do come across cases where people have been injured in incidents such as these. They are difficult to deal with because you know the accident was often entirely preventable.
Why could bypassed safety controls be so dangerous?
Machines are designed to perform certain tasks in a certain way. In every case though, these machines will occasionally need to be maintained or repaired. The person doing this job would expect the machine’s safety controls to prevent them from coming into any danger when this occurs. However, if these controls are bypassed they could be put in danger through no fault of their own.
Negligence in the workplace can be potentially deadly. There have been cases where workers have sustained broken bones, crush injuries and even lost fingers through them being caught in machinery where the safety mechanisms have been switched off.
Injuries like these can take time to recover from. In addition there is the chance that someone might need to switch jobs as a result of the injuries they suffer from. For example if they were to lose a finger or even a hand through an accident caused by a lack of safety features being in place, they may have to switch jobs as a result.
Knowing you can call on Accident Advice Helpline to get no-obligation advice is a big step in the right direction. When you can call the company to speak to a friendly advisor who can advise you, you know you will be able to get the information you need. Why not call us today on 0800 689 0500 – it’s totally free and you could soon know whether a no win, no fee** claim is a possibility for you. It is certainly a call that is worth making.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work