In recent decades, hoists and lifts have contributed to safe and successful lifting operations. However, failures in this kind of equipment can potentially cause very serious injuries in the workplace.
What can I do to reduce the chance of an injury or accidents from a faulty lift/hoist in the workplace?
There are a number of steps which you as an employee can take in order to reduce the chance of accidents involving a faulty hoist/lift. You should always aim to undertake the requisite pre-use checks on any chains and slings. Checks should be carried out on a regular basis, in the case of forklift trucks etc. checks should be carried out on a weekly, if not daily, basis in order to maintain safety standards.
What should my employer do?
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”
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a faulty lift/hoist 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 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. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.