Coal yard accidents can have a long-term impact on the victim, as well as their colleagues and families. The nature of the machinery used to shift large amounts of coal, via conveyor belts, offers considerable scope for mishaps to occur. When someone is unfortunate enough to become trapped in moving parts, the injuries can often be severe. The victim is likely to require considerable rehabilitation, especially if they have suffered from crushing or have had limbs partially severed. Lengthy periods signed off work will also impact their home life.
Colleagues will also be affected. A dramatic incident at work may have a central victim, but there will be any number of witnesses. Working in the proximity of the equipment that was responsible for inflicting a severe injury (or even a fatality) will be traumatic. This can have a detrimental impact on the workforce. It makes more sense for the management to pre-empt any tragedies from happening by ensuring that machines are guarded, and that everyone on site is fully trained in operating the machinery for which they are responsible.
Preventing coal yard accidents
Management should organise coal yards so that workers, whether they are experienced or novices, know exactly what to expect when they are performing their allocated tasks. Where equipment has been identified as being potentially hazardous, there should be appropriate safeguards and knowledge of the location of emergency stop buttons or levers. Training should be high quality and manuals should be available at all times. Employers have a duty to take into account any staff who have special needs, or workers who may be from other European Union countries who might not have developed a safe level of English when it comes to understanding safety instructions.
All you need to know about the claims process
If you have been the victim of an industrial accident, you may well have wondered whether someone could be held to account for your misfortune. If this happened within the past three years, and you have reason to believe that negligence was involved, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We have been investigating cases just like this for many years, analysing the background to determine whether a claim would be appropriate. Call 0800 689 0500 to be have your situation assessed by our team of qualified claims solicitors.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown