Paper shredders make very light work of shredding numerous documents you don’t want anyone else to read. They are often in regular use in office environments and in various other workplaces as well. As such there is a clear need to make sure they are used properly and that they are always in good condition and pose no potential hazard to anyone.
Paper shredder injuries can largely be avoided simply by following the user instructions that come with the machine. Only those people who are familiar with how to use it should do so. If anyone else needs to use it they should be made familiar with it so they can reduce any chance of them having an accident.
How serious could paper shredder injuries be?
There are numerous blades that run along the length of the paper shredder. These are circular and they turn as the machine is switched on and paper is fed through it. Some cut the paper into long strips while others provide diamond cut paper that turns it into confetti. This makes it impossible to piece back together again.
Regardless of the type you have you can be sure you would not want to get your fingers or anything else caught in the shredder while it is working. The blades could make quick work of hair, fingers or anything else that is nearby. This is why safety measures should be in place to make sure nothing like this happens.
An employer should make sure they only have a shredder with various safety mechanisms built into the design. These enable the machine to stop as soon as it senses someone’s fingers have got too close to the machine. Regular maintenance will also help make sure there is little chance of an injury happening. A lot can be done to reduce the risks.
Of course there are always times when someone is unlucky and is hurt through no real fault of their own. If you have received paper shredder injuries within the last three years, you may well ask whether you could claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you seek the answers. Call us on 0800 689 0500 to learn whether you do have evidence to support a no win, no fee* compensation claim. You might be looking at a tidy payout if you manage to win your case.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead