Working in the construction industry can be dangerous, no doubt about it, but following health and safety regulations can help to protect you in the workplace.
It’s important that workers take responsibility for their own health and safety, but it’s equally important that employers take steps to ensure their workers are safe whilst carrying out their jobs.
Machinery should be regularly inspected for faults and to make sure it’s safe to use, particularly in the case of diggers, which, due to their size and weight, have the potential to cause serious injury and even fatalities.
If you’ve suffered a digger injury at work, ask yourself whether there was anything more your employer could have done to prevent your accident from happening. Did they provide you with PPE such as hard hats and safety boots? Did they ensure that machinery was safe to use and that you had received proper training in operating a digger?
Was the working environment safe? If the answer to any (or all) of these questions is no, or if you’re unsure, call Accident Advice Helpline. With 15 years’ experience helping workers claim compensation after a digger injury at work, our expert team of personal injury advisors are here to answer all your questions and offer confidential, no-obligation advice.
How have you been injured?
Diggers are incredibly heavy and have the potential to cause life-changing injuries and even fatalities in the workplace. You should always keep a safe distance away from diggers whilst they are in operation. Here are a few examples of the types of injury which could be sustained in a digger accident:
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Loss of limb
- Spinal injuries
These injuries could change the rest of your life – so think about how your accident happened. You could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation if somebody else is at fault. For example, if an untrained worker was operating the digger, either they or your employer could be held liable for your injuries.
Likewise, if the digger in question has not been inspected and has a fault, such as faulty brakes, which has led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim.
Trust us with your claim
Choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust when making a claim for compensation – call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
We’ve been helping workers claim compensation since 2000 and are endorsed by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen.
Remember, a three-year time limit applies to make a claim, so don’t miss out.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen