Anyone who has responsibility for operating machinery must be aware of the potential safety hazards. Depending on the nature of the equipment, there may be components that operate at high temperature, or there could be rollers, blades or other moving parts.
Companies have a duty to ensure that any potential for a dangerous machinery injury in their workplace is completely negated. Health and safety laws cover multiple aspects of well-being at work – specifically the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
There are many reasons why there can be lapses in standards. Although employers are obligated to ensure staff are trained before using machines, there could be instances where corners have been cut. In situations where there might be pressure on a company to meet order deadlines, there could be a temptation to press on with certain tasks.
Risk assessment can be onerous for the company, so it could be that a particular machine hasn’t had such a rigid enforcement of safeguards applied. It is also time-consuming for equipment that is used on a daily to be re-checked for any faults.
What are the knock-on effects of a dangerous machinery injury?
Workers who are involved in accidents can face a lengthy recovery process. Industrial equipment is often large, with very fast moving parts, so the type of injury that can be sustained may range from digits being removed to life-threatening crushes.
If guards or braking devices are not in full working order, then there is a clear potential for a worse case scenario. An accident will set a series of events in motion. Health and safety officials will assess the cause, and where employer negligence is the case, the next step will be to consider a compensation claim.
To find out if your injury could result in compensation, ask Accident Advice Helpline
Are you considering seeking compensation for an injury sustained as a result of operating machinery? If so, we would recommend you call us so you can determine whether there might be a reasonable chance a compensation claim could be successful.
Our helpline will put you in touch with an adviser, who will then ensure you case is fully assessed by our team of professional compensation claims lawyers. All the advice you could possibly require is one call away, so telephone Accident Advice Helpline now on: 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 25, 2015
Author: David Brown