If you work with any kind of machinery at work then you are at risk of being involved in an accident. This could be a road traffic accident whilst driving, a factory accident or an injury caused by using power tools. There are several different types of machinery accidents which can occur at work:
- Entanglement – this is where jewellery, hair or clothing is caught in machinery
- Entrapment – for example if your fingers are caught in moving parts
- Impact – when someone is crushed or hit by moving equipment
- Contact – for example, if your body comes into contact with live electrical components, sharp edges or hot parts
- Ejecting – where flying parts or objects from machines strike someone
Luckily, there are a number of things that employers can do to protect their staff from machinery accidents at work.
Why do machinery accidents at work happen?
Most machinery accidents at work are caused by negligence, either by the employer or the employee. Risk assessments should always be carried out and employees using dangerous machinery or equipment should receive thorough training as well as any personal protective equipment they need to carry out their job safely. Some of the more common reasons that machinery accidents at work happen include:
- Poor maintenance of machinery or faulty machinery
- Lack of, or hard to use, safety controls
- Equipment fails to meet current safety standards
- No guards fixed over dangerous machinery parts
- Hazards such as trip hazards or inadequate lighting at work
- Staff wearing inappropriate clothing such as loose scarves or dangly jewellery
Employers can take steps to prevent accidents occurring by addressing the above. By ensuring machinery is properly maintained and regularly checked and that staff know how to use it safely, accidents can be prevented. Ensuring that staff wear a uniform eliminates the risk of inappropriate clothing or jewellery becoming tangled in machinery, and by installing safety guards over dangerous parts of machinery, employees are protected.
Claiming for compensation
If you’ve been injured in a machinery accident at work, you will benefit from talking to our team of personal injury compensation specialists at Accident Advice Helpline. Take a few minutes to call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (we’re open 24/7) and we’ll offer you confidential, no-obligation advice.
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Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown