Have you ever thought about how machines work in the workplace? If you have been trained to use a particular machine you will no doubt know they have safety mechanisms in place. These are used to ensure the machine cannot be operated under circumstances where it would be unsafe to do so. Disengaged safety mechanisms are incredibly dangerous because they could lead to an accident taking place.
Whenever an accident happens in the workplace – especially one of a serious nature – an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive is likely to take place. This will typically look into what happened to see whether negligence was to blame. If disengaged safety mechanisms are found to have been in place on a machine, this would certainly point to negligence.
What are the consequences for the injured person?
The person who is injured in such an accident could receive injuries that are severe enough that they could need some time off work to recover. Broken bones are common enough in these circumstances, as are crush injuries. Safety mechanisms are there to prevent such things happening in the first place. As such an employee might potentially be injured even when they themselves have done nothing wrong.
Accident Advice Helpline will always look into cases where people have been injured at work to see whether there is any evidence of negligence on the part of another person. Such evidence can be used to support a claim that is later made for compensation on behalf of the injured party.
Operating machinery safely
Clearly there is a need for more than just training and supervision with regard to the proper use of machinery. The employer has a duty of care to ensure their employees are safe to perform the jobs that are required of them. If the employer switches off the safety mechanisms they are putting the health of their workers at risk as a result.
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience of dealing with cases just like these. If you have been involved in something similar within the last three years, you should call us on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively we also have a 30-second online test you can try to see if you stand a good chance of making a no win, no fee** claim for compensation. You could be 30 seconds away from getting the answers you need.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work