Working with heavy machinery or equipment is dangerous – there’s no doubt about it. However, steps can (and should) be taken to ensure that those who are working in a potentially hazardous environment are protected, to prevent accidents which could otherwise have been avoided. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, and if a heavy piece of equipment or material falls on a worker, they could sustain fatal crush injuries.
Fatal crush injuries could even be caused by a vehicle – such as a forklift truck for example. Being struck by a vehicle in a warehouse or run over could lead to crush injuries which could be fatal. Crush injuries could include broken bones, internal bleeding and punctured organs which could cause death – so it is important that both employers and employees take steps to reduce the risk of accidents like this occurring.
If someone you love has suffered fatal crush injuries, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation on their behalf – contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after their accident to find out whether you are eligible.
Your employer’s responsibilities
All employers have a duty to keep their staff safe at work – this includes ensuring that staff are trained and made aware of hazards and the correct procedures to follow. They should also provide staff with personal protective equipment, where required, and ensure that procedures are regularly assessed and updated, so that work is being carried out as safely as possible. Equipment and machinery should also be regularly checked and well-maintained, to reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring. If they fail to meet their responsibilities, they could be held liable if a worker is injured or killed in an accident at work.
Claiming for workplace fatalities
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping people claim personal injury compensation since 2000, and we have helped hundreds of customers who have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident. Why not call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about the claims process and get confidential, no-obligation advice? We have an expert team of lawyers who are only too happy to answer your questions, and they provide a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no upfront legal fees to worry about. It’s easy to find out now how much compensation you could be entitled to claim, by taking the 30-second test on our website.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown