A piling hammer doesn’t sound too troublesome, does it? You might think of a normal hammer you’d use by hand. Yet a piling hammer is a very different beast – one that is significantly larger and designed to drive piles into the ground on building and construction sites. As such they weigh a considerable amount since they must have the power to drive piles into the ground, often to a considerable depth.
As you can imagine therefore, piling hammer injuries can potentially be very serious indeed. If they are used in the proper manner no one should come to any harm. However if any issues arise the situation could potentially change very quickly indeed.
How can piling hammer injuries be prevented?
Prevention is always better than seeking a cure or treatment for an injury that shouldn’t have occurred in the first place. That’s why it is important to make sure a risk assessment is always done for every job that requires the use of one or more piling hammers.
If this hammer should topple over for example, and someone is in the way, they could be killed or seriously injured as a result of the incident.
There have been cases where people have won compensation after suffering injuries caused in such a way. In these situations there is a chance that people might win significant amounts depending on how serious their injuries are. One man wasn’t able to return to work after suffering multiple fractures following an accident of this nature. He even had to move home because he could no longer climb or descend the stairs in his house without difficulty.
Focusing on safety
It is heartening to know the vast majority of building firms and similar businesses take every conceivable step to ensure they are able to do everything they can to keep their workers safe.
When this doesn’t happen and no risk assessments are performed or adhered to, things can be more potentially dangerous.
That’s why Accident Advice Helpline is here, to provide you with a source of no-obligation advice you can call on when you need it.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to go through a similar experience you can get in touch free of charge now on 0800 689 0500.
Make sure you make that call within three years of your original accident. This means you’ll be within the legal time frame to make a claim.