Does your job require you to use machinery or tools? Some jobs do, and when this is the case, the tools and machinery in use should be maintained on a regular basis to make sure they do not cause any accidents. The consequences of faulty tools and machinery are known only too well to those who have been injured through using them.
Anything that is faulty can behave in a way that is not intended. A piece of machinery could suddenly cut out or become impossible to control. A tool may subject the user to an electric shock, or kick in their hands and cause them a facial injury. These are mere examples, of course, but they do indicate that maintenance and regular checks are so very important.
What is covered by the term ‘tools and machinery’?
Tools could refer to power tools, but hand tools can also be included under this heading. Machinery could mean anything from large machines in factories to smaller machinery that is designed to perform very specific tasks. While machinery is designed to make life easier – and so are power tools, come to that – a machine is only good to use if it is maintained in the proper manner.
The employer is responsible for doing this, and if it doesn’t happen, the chances of it causing injuries to someone become greater. Missing safety guards, faulty cut-out switches and overheating can all cause problems, to name just a few examples.
How have you been injured?
People have occasionally suffered electric shocks, lost limbs and digits and even suffered burns and cuts due to using machinery or tools that were not fit for purpose. The consequences of faulty tools and machinery can be serious for those who are using them when they go wrong. Finding you are injured in a way that could ruin your life, or change it irrevocably, isn’t a great situation to be in.
All the more reason, then, to call Accident Advice Helpline if something like this has happened to you. Our number is free and you do not have to pay for our initial, no-obligation advice either. Call now on 0800 689 0500 to see if we can help. A no win, no fee claim means you will only pay solicitors’ fees if you are awarded compensation, so you are not at any risk.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead