One thing all factories in the UK have in common is the presence of machinery. There could be several different kinds of machinery in each factory, and it may vary from one factory to another depending on the type of work that goes on in each one.
While machinery can enhance productivity and make a factory more profitable, it must be maintained and operated in the correct manner. Regular maintenance isn’t just to ensure the machinery stays in good working order. It also ensures the people operating the machines can do so safely. If this is not the case, there is an increased opportunity for injuries to occur.
Are you using factory machinery safely?
If you are required to use machinery in your workplace, you should have received in-depth training on how to do so. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure all personnel who are required to use one or more machines receive proper training in how to use them. This should also include information on how to identify any potential problems.
One important area involves making sure the proper safety guards and mechanisms are in place on the machinery. Safety guards should prevent fingers, clothing and even hair getting caught up in the working parts. Nasty accidents have occasionally happened where people have lost fingers, hands and even whole limbs as a result of being dragged into an unguarded machine. Fail-safes and safety mechanisms cannot be emphasised enough as one of the most important elements in any piece of machinery in a factory.
Are most businesses using factory machinery safely?
Thankfully the answer is yes. However, if you’ve been injured using machinery in a factory you’ve worked in during the past three years, it’s worth finding out more about what happened. If you suspect someone else may have been at fault, you could be entitled to make a claim to seek compensation for your injuries.
This is where Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you. You can begin by calling 0800 689 0500. This is our free enquiry line and it is open 24 hours a day throughout the week. Make sure you call us as soon as you can and tell us what happened to you. We will assess your claim to see whether one of our professional injury compensation lawyers could take on your case.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead