When you get injured in a machinery accident at work, your first concern will be to get the medical attention that you need. Very serious injuries can result from machinery accidents and it is likely that an ambulance will have been called. You will receive emergency treatment at the scene and will then be transferred to a hospital. It is later on that you may start thinking about how to avoid machinery accidents and you may wonder if all appropriate steps were taken to keep you safe.
How to avoid machinery accidents in the workplace
An employer is expected to keep you safe whilst you are at work – this is called a duty of care. If this has not been done, you may have grounds to start a personal injury claim.
Machinery accidents are avoided by carrying out a thorough risk assessment. An employer needs to look at each work task and assess the hazards that the task presents to the employee and to anyone else who may be affected. This includes members of the public.
Then they have to devise ways in which to minimise the risk. This may involve buying new machinery, installing guards or providing training. It usually involves providing appropriate training so that an employee knows how to use the machinery safely. This training has to be topped up and refreshed as necessary. In many cases it is also necessary to provide protective equipment – this is things like gloves, ear defenders or eye goggles.
Once a risk assessment has been carried out it needs to be acted upon and altered as new working practices are introduced.
Do you feel that the task that you were working on was not risk assessed? Do you feel that you were not provided with the correct training or equipment? If this caused your injury you may be able to start a personal injury claim. We would be very pleased to talk to you further about this.
Claiming for machinery accidents with Accident Advice Helpline
If your accident was within the last three years and was not your own fault you may be able to start a personal injury claim. You must have received medical attention for your injuries as this will be needed as evidence. If you would like to talk about your own claim further we would be pleased to hear from you. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 from a land line or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Give us a call today.
Date Published: 16th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell