Industrial accidents can happen in an instant. All it takes is for one lapse of concentration, or a risk to be taken in a misguided attempt to get a job done quicker, and the consequences can be far-reaching. There are so many types of mechanical apparatus in common use, from agricultural threshers to printing rollers, foodstuff grinders to paper-cutting guillotines, that any workplace can sometimes seem like an accident waiting to happen. This is precisely why there are health and safety regulations in place.
Sadly, the consequences of cost-cutting, or simply not paying enough attention to industrial laws, can be tragic for employees. And the fact of the matter is that everything from losing a thumb at work to being crushed by falling objects is preventable. When workers are subjected to hazardous situations, then the finger of responsibility must be pointed at whoever failed to assess the risks, or install appropriate safeguards. A lot of machinery might appear safe enough on the surface, but there may well be fast-moving parts which are obscured. Should a device slow or break-down, there will be a temptation to delve around to investigate likely causes.
Do claims procedures cover these injuries?
While losing a thumb at work will leave the injured party traumatised, and facing a lengthy process of rehabilitation, the one thing that is worth considering is whether or not there might be a claim. When workers fall victim to machines that are not adequately protected, or which they have not been properly trained in using, or that the employer has failed to service and maintain, then compensation should be considered. If there was no negligence on the part of the employee, then the next step should be looking into the circumstances of the case to apportion some sort of blame for the injury.
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Industrial law can be a minefield which can seem daunting at first. That is why we can provide you with the benefit of over 14 years of working in the field of compensation claims. If the accident you suffered was not your fault and it occurred within the previous three years, one of our claims advisers will let you know what happens next. All it takes to set the ball rolling is a phone call to our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown