Industrial baler accidents are extremely concerning; the potential for injury is very high, with most injuries being severe or even potentially fatal. It is not uncommon for a worker to sustain serious injuries when working with an industrial baler, given that they are designed for crushing and baling loose solid waste materials into denser units that are easier to transport.
As such it is incredibly important the workplace ensures that every member of staff who might use this machinery is fully trained on using the equipment properly and safely. Furthermore they must ensure that staff members have not only read but also have access to the user manual for the equipment they are using.
Accident Advice Helpline is experienced in helping those who have been involved in industrial baler accidents to gain the compensation they deserve. With 15 years’ experience in the industry and Dame Esther Rantzen as our company patron you can be sure you are dealing with a caring company who is always on the client’s side.
Causes of industrial baler accidents
There are two main causes of industrial baler accidents:
- Machinery errors: this is where the safety features on the machinery fail to work properly; the worker may think it is fine to access or place something inside the baler but for some reason the baler activates unexpectedly and begins to crush whatever is inside. The most common cause of this is where the machinery bypasses the safety interlock system allowing the machine to operate when it shouldn’t have done
- Human errors: where the person or people working on the machine have forgotten to do something that causes the machinery to still be in operation when the worker expects it to be shut down and safe. In order to claim compensation for human error, your injury must have been caused by someone else’s error, not your own
Potential injuries from industrial baler accidents
The injuries you might sustain from this kind of incident vary. In some instances people are lucky and only suffer minor injuries, however, in some cases the person involved in the accident will sustain much more severe injuries.
These injuries include severed or crushed fingers, hands or other limbs, along with some fatal accidents in which a worker is crushed to death.
If you have recently been involved in an accident with an industrial baler and have sustained injuries as a result, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see if you are eligible to claim.