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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Construction site accidents: Dangerous machinery


    Dangerous machinery is a major cause of work-related accidents. We’ve all heard the gruesome tales of employees who have suffered serious injuries as the result of a mishap when working with dangerous machinery in the workplace.

    What must my employer do to prevent accidents with machinery?

    Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 an employer is required to take provisions that ensure:

    • “Every employer shall ensure that measures are taken in accordance with paragraph (2) which are effective
      • to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery or to any rotating stock-bar; or
      • to stop the movement of any dangerous part of machinery or rotating stock-bar before any part of a person enters a danger zone.”
    • “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees”

    What can I do in order to prevent an injury as a result of working with dangerous machinery?

    When working with dangerous machinery you should always:

    • Check to see that the  machine is well maintained and fit to be used, ie appropriate for the task required and in proper working condition and that all the safety measures are in place – guards, isolators, locking mechanisms, emergency off switches etc. All machinery in the workplace must be manufactured to EC standards and carry the CE mark, however, if used incorrectly, there may still be a risk of injury.
    • Use the machine properly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Misuse or abuse of any dangerous machinery can not only have serious consequences and increase the risk of an injury but may also harm your chances of being eligible for compensation.
    • Make sure you are wearing the appropriate protective clothing and equipment required for the machine, such as safety glasses, hearing protection and safety shoes. Hearing protection can sometimes be overlooked when working with loud machinery but the effects on hearing can be extremely damaging in the long term.

    If you have suffered an injury as a result of the use of dangerous machinery within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Our friendly and professional advisers are on hand 24/7 to deal with your query and you are under no obligation to proceed with any advice. Alternatively you can check out our website and find out in under 30 seconds if you may be eligible for compensation.

    Date Published: November 18, 2013

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    Author: David Brown

    Category: Machinery accident claims

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