Having the use of your hands is something we all take for granted. They are incredibly dexterous, with each of your fingers comprising three bones that extend from your knuckles to your fingertips. If you happen to work in an environment where you use your hands to operate machinery, then they are important for your livelihood. So what are the consequences when something tragic happens? The fact is, all types of machinery, from vast equipment found in chemical plants down to office photocopiers, have to comply with certain safety standards. It’s the law.
Losing digits in machinery can be a deeply upsetting experience. Depending on the severity of the injury, some people can never use the affected hand again. This can have a knock-on effect in every part of their life, let alone their ability to fulfil their work commitments. Whenever there is such an industrial accident, they are never random occurrences – they happen due to negligence. What is important is uncovering exactly who was negligent, as this might well influence the outcome of any claim for retribution. No employer will deliberately expect workers to operate machines which are inadequately guarded, but human error can lead to inadvertent lapses in safety standards.
What industrial accidents might give rise to a claim?
Employers have a duty to ensure that anyone who is working for them is protected from everything from slipping on wet surfaces to losing digits in machinery. In order to create a safe working environment, there are health and safety regulations that should be complied with. New starts should always be put through a formal induction process where they are made aware of all the risks posed by operating equipment, especially where hazardous conditions are involved such as temperature extremes, moving parts or dangerous chemicals.
Are you entitled to make a no win, no fee* compensation claim?
Industrial accidents are potentially tragic events, so if you are a victim you may well be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are here to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation. With over 14 years’ experience, and with Esther Rantzen as our company patron, we can guarantee you an unbeatable first-class service. Getting in touch with one of our trained advisers couldn’t be simpler and it won’t cost you a penny. Pick your phone and dial 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims