If you work in the industrial field you may already be familiar with the so-called ‘nip point’ on some machinery. The nip point is the gap that exists between a belt on a conveyor and a roller. As such it is very small and cannot accommodate – nor should it be able to accommodate – a hand or fingers. Nip point injuries have occurred on machines like this in the past, leading to crush injuries and broken bones as a result.
All companies should adhere to all the health and safety rules that determine safety in the workplace. In this type of situation there should be guards in place that mean no one can accidentally put their hand anywhere near the nip point. To do so, especially when a machine is running, can potentially result in some serious hand injuries. If no guard was present at the time this could constitute negligence.
What kinds of nip point injuries are most common?
Since hands are the most likely part of the body to get caught in this area, it is common for fingers and hands to get dragged in. When this occurs the fingers can be crushed, with broken bones and soft tissue injuries occurring as a result. In other cases bones in the hands or wrists can be broken before the machine can be stopped and the person’s hand removed.
As you can imagine, an injury of this nature can have a profound effect on someone. It is potentially possible to lose some power and use in the affected hand. As such you can end up having an altered future, trying to cope with an injury that should not have occurred. In these instances where the accident was someone else’s fault, a compensation claim would be prudent.
Avoiding nip point injuries
Clearly a proper risk assessment should highlight any potential dangers so they can be dealt with as quickly as possible. With proper guards in place there should be no way for someone to suffer such injuries in the first place.
If you have been unlucky and have had injuries such as these happen to you within the last three years, make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. By doing so you can get no-obligation advice courtesy of our expert and friendly advisors. Don’t leave behind a chance to claim if you have a good chance of winning.
Date Published: May 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen