If you work in the textile industry and you get injured in the workplace through no fault of your own, you might decide to instigate a claim for compensation because of a lack of safety at work in Blackburn, if that is where it was you sustained the injury.
The risks of using hand knives
Although much of the work in the textile industry is now automated, there are still some manual operations that have to be carried using hand knives. Where this is the case, the employer has a duty of care to ensure that all workers who are expected to use hand knives for trimming material, are properly trained in how to do so safely.
Altering designs and working practices
The first aim should be to examine the possibilities of eliminating the necessity to use hand knives. This is best done by examining working existing working procedures to see if it is possible to introduce alternative processes, such as automated cutting, or by using ceramic knives, or special deburring tools. It may also be possible to alter the design of clothes, or modify automated cutting processes, to at least minimise the amount of hand knife cutting that has to be carried out.
Choosing the right hand knife design
The type of knife that is issued to staff is also very important. Where possible they should have:
- Retractable blades. This will prevent many cut accidents that happen when workers pick up knives from bench tops- or run their hands over the bench top in search of something.
- Round end blades instead of sharpened points. This helps to cut down on stab type injuries.
- Comfortable handles. If a knife can be gripped properly, it affords the operator a greater deal of control.
- Handed blades. Blades that are suitable for left or right handed workers also facilitate a greater degree of control and comfort.
Launching a claim for a lack of safety ate work in Blackburn
Knives can cause serious injury, and not just in the textile industry of course. Knives in kitchens are a serious cause of injury, as are knives that are used in packaging departments across all sort of different industries. If you’ve sustained a serious injury through no fault of your own and you are intent on claiming for a lack of safety at work in Blackburn, Accidents Advice Helpline can assist.
Check out how much compensation you might be awarded
Finding out how much compensation you could be awarded can be determined by your adviser. Compensation varies depending on the type of injury sustained as well as its effect on areas such as your job, your expenses and the level of care needed to help you after your accident. Our advisers can give you an estimate to help you decide whether or not to go ahead with your claim.
Raising a claim using Accident Advice Helpline’s ‘no-win, no-fee’ service as recommended by Dame Esther Rantzen is quick and easy; but if you do need help or advice you can use the free helpline service we provide to chat to one of our experienced advisers, Call free on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 5th October 2014