Some businesses use industrial ovens to help create various items to be sold or to help create items they need to use in some other aspect of their business. These ovens can be large enough for a person to step inside, which means it is imperative all health and safety rules are always followed to the letter. If this is not the case there is a chance industrial oven accidents could happen.
Very few accidents of this type occur, mostly because the vast majority of businesses that use such ovens are more than aware of the potential dangers that can exist. However if the proper health and safety rules and regulations are not followed to the letter, there can be a danger that death or serious injury could potentially result from industrial oven accidents. This may constitute negligence or even corporate manslaughter.
How might an accident happen in this situation?
This type of accident can easily be prevented if the proper safety measures are in place. For example there should be an alarm fitted so that if someone does become trapped inside the oven, they can operate an alarm to alert others to their predicament. It is also prudent that the oven is within clear sight of the person operating it. This also helps ensure they are aware of who is close by and whether anyone is in the oven itself.
Clearly it is relatively simple to ensure a risk assessment is done to ensure any type of oven like this is always safe to use. This will practically remove any potential danger of anyone becoming trapped in an oven they could not escape from – a situation that could lead to a compensation claim by the family of the person concerned.
Keeping workers safe
Clearly the main concern here is always to make sure workers are safe whenever using such equipment, or indeed working anywhere near it. If someone is performing maintenance on an oven like this, they should be in no danger that it would close and be switched on.
Accident Advice Helpline has assisted with many such cases similar to this. Call 0800 689 0500 today if you suspect you have been involved in an accident that could have been prevented – an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Don’t wonder – learn the answers today with the help of an experienced advisor in our team.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen