Most people are familiar with conveyor belts. They are used to convey things from one area to another and are typically used in factories and industrial settings of various kinds. Anyone using one should understand how it works and be properly trained in using it. In addition the conveyor should be maintained and cleaned regularly and checked to ensure it is perfectly safe to use.
Conveyor belt accidents don’t happen very often, but in some cases they can incur serious injuries to the affected person. For example, if someone gets a hand caught in between the conveyor belt and the roller, they could experience some nasty crush injuries. If there is no guard in place to prevent this from happening, a health and safety investigation could determine this to be negligence.
What injuries might someone sustain in this instance?
Conveyor belt accidents can potentially be very painful. There is no room for fingers or hands to be drawn into the area where the danger exists, which means crushing injuries are very likely to occur. These will be very painful and could involve broken bones, damaged tendons and other soft tissue injuries as well.
Fortunately very few people will ever suffer such injuries, because the vast majority of employers take great care in ensuring their employees are always kept safe from such instances. This means very few will be unlucky to sustain injuries that could have a profound effect on their lives, causing them to seek compensation as a result.
Are conveyor belts safe?
Yes they are – and it is very important to understand this is typically the case. Regular maintenance will highlight any potential problems to be solved. In addition, proper safety guards mean accidents such as this won’t happen. Guards are positioned in such a way that no one could possibly get their hands or any other items close to the machine in order that they could potentially be dragged in.
Clearly these types of incidents don’t happen very often. But every time something does go wrong it results in someone suffering potentially nasty and painful injuries. If this has happened to you, make sure you can call Accident Advice Helpline now on our free 24/7 enquiry line. The number is 0800 689 0500 and you can speak to a professional advisor. It’s one call you really need to make.
Date Published: May 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen