The milling machine is a useful tool for working with metal, and commonplace in construction jobs. The strong blades can cut material, even it out and also drill holes into it. Though this machinery is popular, it can be very dangerous to those using it.
Ways you can be injured by a milling machine
The most common injury resulting from milling machine accidents is cuts. These can be relatively minor scrapes or something more serious such as loss of fingers or limbs. Most milling machines have a cutter guard to prevent serious injury.
Eye damage can also occur from particles or debris flying into the operators’ eyes. This can cause serious injury and even blindness, so it is a good idea to wear eye protection to avoid an injury at work.
Ways to guard yourself against injury
Nobody wants to get hurt while they’re trying to earn a living. With proper training on the milling machine, workers can prevent most accidents, however even skilled milling machine operators run the risk of an accident at work.
In order to avoid injury, make sure your work area is clean and free of clutter. Ensure the machine itself is in good working order and don’t use it if you can see any defective or broken parts. All of the guards on the machine should be intact and in good working condition. Always ensure you are wide awake and alert when operating the machinery and always wear eye protection.
Even if you are always safe, you could still be injured at work and could be entitled to work accident compensation.
What if the machine is faulty?
Another way a milling machine could cause injury is by it being defective. This is entirely out of your control, and you don’t need to suffer. For this type of accident you could claim faulty product compensation. For this type of injury, you are legally protected and the manufacturer or seller of the faulty product could be held liable for your accident.
Many of us dread the thought of having to go to work, but we expect to be safe while doing our jobs. Remember that Accident Advice Helpline is here for you 24/7 if you need help claiming for an injury that was not your fault. Our professional advisers are waiting for your call any time on 0800 689 5659.