Most people would agree workplaces are very safe to work in. However, there may potentially be instances where health and safety standards are not as good as they should be. If an employer is lax in following the required standards, it may potentially put the health and well-being of their employees at risk. The unlucky few who may have received an electric shock from a machine will know this only too well.
Machinery is used in many jobs today. If you visit a factory, or a warehouse, you’ll doubtless find machinery doing a lot of the hard work. These machines should be checked on a regular basis and have appropriate safety guards and cut-off safety mechanisms to keep the people working on them safe while they do their jobs.
Could you receive an electric shock from a machine in other situations?
If you are not properly trained in using a piece of machinery, you may receive a shock from it. Such things are very rare, of course, but if you have been through this situation, you may well realise things can go wrong and people can get hurt.
Do you remember what happened to you? Receiving a shock can knock someone unconscious, which means you may have little to no memory of what happened or how it happened. Alternatively, there could be witnesses to what occurred, or you yourself may have a very clear memory of the incident.
How do you know if negligence led to your injuries occurring?
You may already have a good idea of whether your injuries from getting an electric shock from a machine were down to negligent behaviour in your workplace. For example, was the machinery maintained regularly, or had it been a long time since anything like that happened? Were you supposed to receive training to operate it but nothing was arranged? Were there exposed wires that put you at risk, and which ultimately led to your shock occurring?
Accident Advice Helpline can make sure you get the assistance of a personal injury lawyer if there is good evidence of negligence to bring forth in a compensation claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 (or ring 0333 500 0993 from your mobile) and you can find out if you have a chance to claim compensation with our help. It could be easier than you think.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen