Heavy machinery is used by thousands of workers every day in the UK. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline to get advice about making a compensation claim.
Using heavy machinery safely: reducing the risk of work accidents
According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 178,000 work-related injuries were reported in 2012/2013. Common types of work accidents include falling from height, slips and trips, overuse injuries, such as repetitive strain injury, and accidents involving heavy machinery.
Machinery is used in many different industries, from construction and mining, to agriculture and manufacturing, and it often helps to perform tasks safely, quickly and effectively; however, there is a risk of injury when operating certain tools and therefore it is important for employers to follow rigorous health and safety guidelines and ensure that workers are able to carry out their day to day jobs in a safe working environment.
Here are some tips for operating crushers safely; crushers are versatile machines, which are used in quarrying, mining and waste disposal. Employers should enforce the following safety measures:
- ensure that all workers are trained to use a crusher
- carry out regular risk assessments
- record incidents and act on them appropriately
- ensure that members of staff wear appropriate protective clothing
Work-related injuries: the main causes of crusher accidents
The most common causes of crusher accidents include:
- blocked crushers
- slips and trips (usually caused by spillages)
- inadequate guarding
These types of accident can cause very serious injuries and even death.
Work accident compensation: how can I make a claim?
If you’ve been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may wish to think about claiming compensation. Work injury compensation can help to ease the financial burden of taking time off work or provide funding for household costs in the event that you are unable to work for a prolonged period of time.
If you want to make a claim for a work accident, contact Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm that has been helping injured workers to make successful claims for the last 13 years. Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims and the expert lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee basis. Most clients never have to go to court and the legal team can usually gather most of the information required over the telephone.
To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown