Industrial machinery can be potentially dangerous if it is not properly maintained or used. Thanks to a series of strong health and safety laws such incidents are rare. Companies and businesses up and down the country realise the importance of ensuring no potential hazards are present when these machines are in used or being maintained in any way. A good example of this is providing guards for nip points – the point that exists between a roller and a conveyor belt on a machine that uses one or more belts to move things along.
Unguarded nip points can result in some nasty and painful injuries as there is a greater chance that someone’s fingers or hands could be pulled into the small gap that exists there. This may potentially end up causing great injury to the person, especially since there is little room for anything to go into the gap. If unguarded nip points lead to injury there is the potential for compensation claims to be launched to provide payment for the injury.
Making sure machinery is safe
Risk assessments have an important role to play in every business, not just in the industrial sector. They are there to highlight potential dangers that exist in any workplace. When those dangers are highlighted they should then be mitigated when steps are taken to make this happen. Unguarded nip points should therefore be guarded so as to protect those who are using the machine.
Thankfully very few people will ever suffer injuries of this nature. However, with crushed fingers and broken bones a very real possibility, it is no wonder compensation claims have been lodged by those who have been unfortunate enough to suffer injuries of this type.
Prevention is better than cure
Clearly it is always better to make sure there is no potential for accidents to occur than to find yourself in a situation where the danger is always potentially there. While people can recover from injuries this is not always the case. By taking every step to prevent things from happening in the first place, it keeps people safer.
Make sure you have the information you need regarding the likelihood of making a no win, no fee** claim today. By calling on Accident Advice Helpline you are trusting a business with years of experience to help you. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Health and safety at work