Machines have been used in all kinds of workplaces for many years now. We tend to take them for granted and they can indeed make life easier in many ways. However, this relys on the machines being kept in good order. If this is not the case, the machines that make life easy for us can have the potential to turn on us and cause problems and injuries.
Machines in dangerous condition are fortunately rare to come across in the workplace today. This is mainly because employers take their duty of care very seriously indeed, as well they should. Accident Advice Helpline have considered cases where evidence of negligence has supported a claim for compensation to be made as a consequence of situations like this.
How might machines in dangerous condition cause injuries?
Imagine a machine that should stop automatically in a potentially dangerous situation. For example, it might be a moving belt that will stop if a hand is detected as being on the belt or coming close to a roller. If this safety measure was not maintained and failed to work, it would potentially lead to an accident. In other cases, there could be the potential for an injury to occur because protective guards were not in place when they should have been.
There are other situations in which machines that were not properly maintained could be a problem. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know of people who have been injured because the brakes on a machine were found to be faulty and did not work when they should have done, for instance.
Observing all health and safety rules
It stands to reason that every employer has a duty of care to pay close attention to the various health and safety rules in operation today. This should ensure that very few accidents ever take place. Protecting their employees is a key part of the responsibilities that every employer has.
Of course, if you have had an accident already resulting in injuries you believe may have been preventable, it is worth calling us here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. A free call to that number today could result in us putting you in contact with the right professional injury compensation lawyer so that you are able to pursue a claim. Take the time to get in touch with us and let’s see how good a case you have.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown