Excavators can be used for all manner of jobs and indeed are regularly seen on building sites and other similar sites where things need to be dug or moved. As you might imagine a piece of equipment like this is heavy and cumbersome in some ways, and must be operated by someone with extensive experience in doing so.
Health and safety laws are in place to ensure employers take all the necessary steps to protect their employees when using equipment like this. Every job that needs to be done should be properly risk-assessed and managed so there is no danger of any problems coming to light. Accident Advice Helpline has handled the aftermath of incidents where people have been injured as a result of things going wrong in the workplace while using excavators and other similar equipment.
How likely is it that you might be injured by an excavator?
Let’s be clear – many people use these machines every day at work and incur no risk or injury through doing so. The good news is this is very likely to be the case for you as well, providing all the necessary safety measures and steps are taken in each case. It is only when employers shirk their health and safety duties that the potential to be injured by an excavator can potentially arise.
Accident Advice Helpline will look for evidence of negligence whenever someone comes to us after having been injured in any way in the workplace. We can assess all situations to determine whether negligence may have been the root cause of an accident. If so, there is a heightened chance of claiming compensation.
Are excavators safe to use?
Yes they are – providing they are used in a safe manner. Obviously an experienced worker must use them but even in these cases there should always be a risk assessment for every job that is undertaken. This helps to identify potential hazards so they can be avoided and everyone can work in safety.
If standards do fall short of the usual levels they are expected to be at, it is vital that a call to Accident Advice Helpline is made if you want to know whether your injuries might warrant a compensation claim to be made. Call us on 0800 689 0500 free today to learn more about your specific situation – we might be able to help.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown