Operating large pieces of machinery in factories, building sites, agricultural locations, and many other areas, requires a high degree of skill. It also has to be done with a lot of caution. All heavy items have the potential to cause a lot of damage if they are inadvertently dropped from height, to the object itself, and to anything that happens to lie in its path. If the latter is an employee, then the effects of the accident can be disastrous. Items such as cranes are responsible for winching everything from huge concrete blocks to metal girders. There are strict procedures about how each operation is conducted.
Construction is not the only industry where people run the risk of being crushed by heavy machinery. Maintenance workers on railways must wear high-visibility clothing at all times because they are regularly working around bulky equipment. On a smaller scale, forklift trucks are the cause of a lot of industrial accidents in warehouses or distribution plants where there have been inadequate safety rules applied. Driving machinery that is heavy and cumbersome requires training, but even the most experienced handler can be prone to human error.
What can you do if you have been in an accident?
If you have been crushed by heavy machinery, then you will have been through a potentially life-threatening situation. The impact of large objects is very rarely insignificant, with all manner of wounding possible. In many cases these crushing incidents result in deaths. It is up to employers to have health and safety regulations in place at all times, and this responsibility includes training staff, both practically, and via manuals. If the company can be proved to be negligent, then the injured party can at least have the consolation that they might be due a compensation claim.
Who can you contact for free advice about a claim?
Accident Advice Helpline are here for people in your position. If you would like a quick summary of the type of compensation you could be looking at, then go to our website where we have an online claim calculator. This can be completed in 30 seconds. Alternatively you could pick up your phone and make a call to our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. This will put you in touch with one of our great advisers who will point you in the right direction – and if we do take on your case we guarantee no win, no fee.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown