Maintenance engineers fulfil an important role in the businesses they work for. Many companies use machinery of various kinds to perform certain tasks, and of course like all machinery they need to be regularly maintained in order to keep them in good working condition. When a piece of machinery stops working as it should, a maintenance engineer will be called in to look at it and to fix it where required.
It is rare that Accident Advice Helpline hears from an injured maintenance engineer. However, engineers do potentially come across situations in which an injury might be possible. For example their employers may not have followed health and safety law and that neglect may have led to an accident.
How might an injured maintenance engineer receive their injuries?
An engineer should know how a machine works before they try to fix it. This will ensure they do everything as they should and they will know how to isolate the power before doing anything to the machine. Essentially they should know about a variety of measures they should take in order to perform their duties without risk of injury.
Imagine what it would be like to be required to fix a machine you had never seen before. If you didn’t know how it worked but you knew what needed to be fixed, you may end up doing something that could harm you in some way. A lack of training or supervision could potentially amount to negligence on behalf of the company employing you.
Safe working practices
It is crucial for us all to be able to work safely, regardless of the type of job we do. As such it is imperative that the people we work for adhere to every health and safety rule and regulation in the book. When this does not happen there is the potential for accidents to occur. By taking simple steps and being aware of potential hazards and doing something about them, it is possible to reduce the odds of anything going wrong.
Accident Advice Helpline is here when things don’t go as planned. By calling us free on 0800 689 0500 you can determine whether you can make a no win, no fee* compensation claim. Our advisors may be able to put you in touch with one of our expert lawyers who can handle your case for you, so call now.
Date Published: May 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen