Mobile generators are often used on building sites when the building hasn’t been hooked up to the power supply yet and there are no other reliable sources of electricity nearby. Although they are often essential, mobile generators present dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shocks, fires and burns. Each year, several people are severely injured in accidents caused by mobile generators.
What is a mobile generator?
Mobile generators work by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy through the use of an engine. They are usually powered in the same way the engine of a vehicle is – with petrol or diesel. They also usually contain a voltage regulator and cooling and lubrication systems. They often come on wheels to allow easy mobility.
Safety tips for using a mobile generator:
- Always make sure to use the correct type of petrol or diesel for your specific device
- Never use your mobile generator in an enclosed space – just as a car engine can, a mobile generator can cause a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide
- Place the generator at least three feet away from the doors or windows of any nearby buildings so as to avoid the danger of carbon monoxide entering these enclosed spaces
- Always operate on a dry surface and with a canopy covering to protect the generator from rainwater
- Turn the generator off and let it cool before refuelling
- Be careful that your generator is generating the correct amount of power for your needs – too little or too much could cause fuses to blow
- Never try to force power from a generator into a house by plugging it into a wall switch – this can cause electrocution
Injury compensation for mobile generator accidents
If you have been injured in an accident with a mobile generator at work, it is very possible that your employer’s negligence may be to blame. Your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe at work and this includes providing you with the proper equipment, safety gear, training and supervision at all times.
If you believe your injury was not your fault, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to help you determine whether or not your injury was due to employer negligence and how much compensation you could be entitled to. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will be done on a no win, no fee* basis and entirely over the telephone.
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown