Cutting machines are in operation in various industries in the UK. One of the commonest applications of this technology is the huge guillotine machines that are used in the printing and publishing field. This equipment is capable of slicing thick reams of stacked paper in order to produce the magazines or books in everyday circulation.
The cutting machinery injuries that were once a regular hazard in workshops have been greatly reduced with the advent of modern technologies. Infra red beams can now detect when foreign objects – such as the hands feeding the paper onto the cutting tray – are lying in the path of the machine’s blades.
Other examples of cutting machines include agricultural equipment, such as combine harvesters, and angle-grinders used for chopping into stone. The properties all these items have in common are fast-moving parts, sharp edges, and power.
Anyone operating any form of cutting machine must respect the fact that these tools are extremely powerful, with the potential to remove digits should the operative’s concentration lapse momentarily. Prior to commencing work with such a potentially destructive machine, full training must be given to the employee.
How do claims procedures unfold?
The effect of an industrial accident with powerful tools such as cutting machines can lead to severe injuries. Sometimes a person’s ability to return to full time work can be impaired. The potency of these tools means that they are subject to rigorous health and safety commitments.
Or at least they should be. When cutting machinery injuries are sustained, cases are investigated by health and safety inspectors. Depending on their findings, it may be appropriate for the victim to consider options for pursuing a case for a compensation claim against the employer’s negligence.
Did you experience an injury within the last three years?
If the answer to that question is affirmative, then you have the potential to make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation. Perhaps we can assist you in this way.
The team of professional injury compensation lawyers at AAH has 14 years’ experience in the field of industrial accident claims, providing expert no-obligation advice if you have been injured by machinery.
Don’t delay, call Accident Advice Helpline straight away, on: 0800 689 0500. Provided your work accident occurred within that three year window, we will ensure your circumstances are assessed to set the ball rolling for a positive outcome.
Date Published: March 25, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims