A common cause of workers losing thumbs, fingers or even limbs through industrial accidents is when tackling unguarded machines. If the equipment contains sharp edges, then safety laws dictate there must be adequate safety guards to pre-empt such tragic incidents. These components can very easily puncture skin, while abrasive surfaces will cause friction burns. Entire bodies can be crushed inside the moving parts of a machine.
Pulley drives, belts and rollers are all potentially hazardous; workers can be disfigured while clearing blockages, and might receive injuries cleaning machinery. Depending on the nature of the production line, parts of the apparatus might contain toxic materials, or emit steam.
Workers who have to deal with this type of equipment on a regular basis can occasionally try and cut corners when it comes to regular operation. It might be that there is a temptation to hurry up with a task that is due to be completed by the end of the day, so accepted safety procedures could lapse. Where there are staff shortages, employees could set to work on a machine they have not been properly trained to operate. These are all scenarios where there is a potential for accidents to happen.
What safeguards should be in place?
Employers have a duty to implement a comprehensive health and safety system. The first part of this will be assessing every area of the workplace that could endanger the wellbeing of the workers. This should cover everything from the obvious areas: heavy machinery, sharp-edged devices and electrical part, to the less obvious: floor areas affected by spillages. Machinery must all be guarded and regularly checked. All staff must be made aware of risks, and solutions listed in terms of health and safety do’s and don’ts, as well as user guides for machinery.
Have you suffered injury within the past three years?
If the answer to this is yes, and the answer to the question about what caused your accident is ‘someone else’s negligence’, then we would like to hear from you. Call Accident Advice Helpline today, on 0800 689 0500, and we will make sure that a highly-qualified compensation claims lawyer, with years of experience of similar cases, is presented with all the background information necessary to aim towards a successful claim. You don’t have to take this any further, and all cases are conducted on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: March 25, 2015
Author: David Brown