Working in an environment where machinery is present is always going to pose a risk – particularly if you work in a factory or other industrial environment where heavy machinery is being operated. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and it is your employer’s responsibility to keep staff safe in the workplace by ensuring machinery is fit for use.
Common injuries caused by machinery
Here are some of the more common injuries caused by machinery in the workplace:
- Injuries to hands and fingers – fingers or hands could become trapped leading to crushing injuries; cuts and lacerations are also common
- Eye injuries from flying particles or pieces shooting out of machinery
- Clothing or jewellery may become caught on moving parts
- Lacerations and crush injuries are also incredibly common
- Amputations – loss of a limb is common in injuries caused by workplace machinery
Obviously, some of these injuries are more severe than others, but the loss of a limb can be life changing – it almost certainly means time off work to recover and may even mean the individual needs to change their profession. Employers should always ensure that staff operating machinery are properly trained and provided with the necessary safety equipment. Machinery should be regularly repaired and maintained, and safety guards should always be used, as lack of these is a major contributing cause to injuries when using machinery.
How to claim for compensation
If you’ve been injured by machinery at your workplace, you need to establish the cause of your accident. If machinery has not been regularly inspected or repaired, this is employer negligence. If you’ve injured yourself due to lack of proper training, again, your employer could be held as negligent, and you could claim for compensation. Use the 30-second test on our website to see how much you could claim, then give us a call and we’ll be able to tell you straight away if your claim is viable. Because we’re backed by our patron Esther Rantzen (who you probably know from TV), you know Accident Advice Helpline is a company you can trust.
How we can help
We’ll talk you through the claims process and answer any questions you might have – normally you won’t even need to worry about attending court, as most claims can be processed over the phone. It’s free to call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500, and there are no upfront fees for our services; our 100% no win, no fee* service means that you won’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful. You’re entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, so call us today and see how we can help.