Machine maintenance is a prolific cause of injury in the workplace. If you work in Greenock and you’ve been injured while carrying out maintenance on a machine at work, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to launch Greenock car accident claims. Not only are we one of the nation’s favourite injury claim specialist lawyers, but our services are also highly recommended by Esther Rantzen, the former well known TV presenter and renowned consumer crusader.
A good example of the sort of thing that can happen when machines are being maintained is the case of a 65-year-old worker who was injured while maintaining a hot wire cutting machine at his place of work in Hazlerigg.
65-year-old maintenance worker suffers horrendous head injuries
In order to identify the problem, the 65-year-old had to see the machine in operation. Unfortunately his head became trapped in the exposed moving parts, causing him a catalogue of serious head injuries. His eye sockets work shattered, and a hole was torn in the bridge of his nose. He received a severe gash to his head that required stitching, a seriously injured jaw, and a fractured temple. He also suffered a brain bleed. Having been rushed to hospital, he underwent a nine hour operation during which bones were taken from the right side of his skull in order to carry out reconstruction to his damaged face.
Hot wire machine not fitted with sufficient guards
Having carried out an investigation into the incident, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that the hot wire machine did not have sufficient guards in place to protect workers and maintenance staff from its exposed moving parts.
Company prosecuted and fined
Employers have a legal duty of care to ensure that machinery in the workplace has appropriate guards fitted, and that if those guards are removed, that the machine is automatically isolated from its power supply.
The company responsible for the incident pleaded guilty in respect of contravening Sections 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work act 1974. As well as being fined £10,000, they were also instructed to pay a further £1,244.40 in costs.
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The Hazlerigg incident is typical of injuries caused by unguarded machinery in the workplace. By launching your Greenock car accident claims, using the web-based services of Accident Advice Helpline, you will be taking an important step along the road towards obtaining appropriate compensation.
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