If you are a gardener and have recently been injured at work, then Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with the best hedge cutting accident advice available to you. Hedge trimmers and other machinery can be extremely dangerous if relevant safety procedures are not followed. If you think that your employer or another third party was at fault for your injuries, then you could make a claim if the accident took place during the last thirty-six months. To clarify your options, ring our free 24-hour helpline and chat to one our friendly, helpful advisors.
Hedge cutting accidents
Electrical safety is of the utmost importance if you are using hedge cutters or trimmers. Thousands of people are injured every year due to accidents involving electrical equipment. To minimise the risks, it is important that you always use a plug-in residual current device (RCD) as this will disconnect the electricity if a third party cuts through the cable or another unforeseen accident occurs. If you were using a hedge trimmer at work and the negligence of a co-worker or another individual contributed to your injuries, then you have every right to make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation.
Unfortunately, hedge cutting accidents are rarely minor due to the equipment involved. Deep wounds, lacerations, and amputations can occur if any of the rotating parts or extremely sharp blades come into contact with the human body. Your employer must inspect and check the equipment you are using on a regular basis to ensure that it is not in a state of disrepair or defective. They may be liable if they failed this duty of care and you were subsequently injured. You could also file a claim if you were trimming without an RCD and another individual cut through the cable. Accident Advice Helpline has the answers to any of your hedge cutting accident questions, so get in touch with us from a landline on 0800 689 0500.
Ensuring your safety
To minimise the risks involved, your employer needs to supply you with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). You and your co-workers should also have completed full training on how to operate trimmers safely. Your employer will be liable if they were negligent in this regard, or if an apprentice who had not been trained properly caused the accident in some way. Falls from heights are also common when hedge trimming, so it is important that ladders and structures are safe to use.
Our expert solicitors will need to prove that your employer was to blame for the accident, so any information you can provide us with will help immensely. If you are feeling well enough, we recommend that you start collecting witness statements and take photographs of the defective equipment or accident scene. A serious hedge cutting accident can leave you in pain and agony for months, and a claim is the only way to get compensation for your suffering. It will also help to fund any medical fees, and can cover lost income if the accident has had a detrimental impact on your career.
Date Published: November 15, 2014
Author: David Brown