Industrial accidents are often caused by poorly-guarded machinery. Mechanical equipment is used throughout the UK in many different fields and is vital to the operation of everything from manufacturing to agricultural processes, but the use of heavy machinery with fast-moving parts or blades comes at a cost. Much of this equipment has the potential to cause terrible injury if the appropriate safeguards are not taken. Some machines could trap someone’s hand and workers have been pulled further inside and seriously harmed. All dangerous machines should have emergency stop buttons, but by the time a colleague has noticed that there is a problem, it could be too late.
The key is for anyone who uses a potentially dangerous machine to understand its capability for inflicting injury. Manuals will outline the precautions that must be taken and identify how guards operate. It is up to employers to ensure that their workforce understand every aspect of these instructions, and that training is not only given but also reinforced at regular intervals where appropriate. If workers have come from other European Union nations, care must be taken at this tutorial level so that there are no grey areas when it comes to hazardous machinery.
What is a likely scenario?
Where individuals are using poorly-guarded machinery, it is surely only a matter of time before something goes tragically wrong. When an accident does happen, it can have a devastating impact, not just for the victim but also for their colleagues and families. Witnessing a terrible accident that might involve serious crushing or severed limbs will be intensely traumatic. There can be cases of post-traumatic stress for anyone who has seen severe injury situations unfolding. While the individual spends time recovering, they can have flashbacks. Their experience can prompt episodes of depression.
Workers have every right to claim compensation
Machinery can cause severe injury, which is why Accident Advice Helpline have been helping clients to receive compensation for industrial accidents for over 15 years. To find out if your own circumstances would merit some form of redress, all you have to do is phone 0800 689 0500. We will ensure that your details are taken by our professional claims team, who can then offer no-obligation advice. If we feel that you have a strong case, this will always be taken according to our strict no win no fee* policy.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims