According to HSE reports, faulty mining equipment can lead to an array of different mining accidents, including failure, collapse or overturning of lifting equipment/ lifts; equipment touching overhead power lines; accidental release of toxic gases/ substances. Other possibilities involve injuries caused by faulty conveyor belts, drills, and so on.
Injuries incurred by miners during accidents at work caused by faulty equipment may range from:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries
- Damage to eyes or internal organs
- Heat induced conditions
- Occupational asthma
- Hand-arm vibration
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Occupational cancers
There can be others but the most tragic of them all can result in fatality.
Employers’ responsibility to prevent accidents at work
Like all other employers, mine owners and operators have the responsibility to ensure the safety of workers by maintaining all equipment to perfect working order at all times. Failure to maintain equipment properly can result in injured employees having the right to claim for industrial injury compensation.
Claiming work injury compensation
If you were injured at work due to faulty mining equipment, you are entitled to claim for compensation if this injury was incurred within a period of three years before making the claim and the incident was the employer’s or someone else’s responsibility. In cases of long term conditions and industrial diseases caused by faulty equipment, claims must be made within 36 months of the condition or disease being diagnosed.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm able to assist injured employees in determining whether or not they are eligible to claim for compensation and subsequently making such claims. Initial advice is available every day of the week, 24 hours a day via the company’s free-phone number and/or their website. Claims are processed by experienced legal professionals on strict no win, no fee agreements.
Why making injury compensation claims is important
Claiming for work injury compensation is not just about getting money to assist with the financial burden placed upon you by injury, but may also help to prevent future accidents that may ultimately end in fatalities. All accidents must be reported, and once claims are initiated, investigations into how and why these work accidents occurred may result in equipment being more adequately maintained, preventing other workers from falling victim to incidents caused by poor maintenance.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown