Slips, trips, and falls are the most common cause of injury in the workplace. The injuries sustained because of them are usually of a musculoskeletal nature. However, when the slip or trip incident results in falling onto machinery in the workplace, or knocking into someone and inadvertently pushing them onto a piece of machinery, the consequences can be more dire.
If you’re the victim of such an incident, and you’re contemplating raising an injury claim in South Derbyshire, you’ll find the online services that we offer here at Accident Advice Helpline of interest.
Slip incident result in the loss of 2 fingers
A 26-year-old worker in Newcastle recently received a nasty injury following a slip incident in the workplace. He was tidying up having completed repair-work on a food freezer when he slipped. The factory floor was icy. To try and prevent himself from falling over, he reached out to steady himself but unfortunately put his hand on the exposed drive chain of a moving conveyor belt. As a result, he lost the tops of two fingers and injured a third.
The importance of safe-guarding the moving parts of any machinery
Any machinery in the workplace that has exposed moving parts should have safety guards fitted to prevent these moving parts from being accidentally touched. Any employer who does not fit such guards is not fulfilling their duty of care to their employees, and is in contravention of health and safety law.
Floor surfaces should be kept obstacle free and clean
It is also part of any employer’s duty of care to ensure areas which receive pedestrian traffic are kept obstacle, and risk free. In this particular case, faults with the freezer doors had led to ice forming on the floors. This ice was a contributing factor to the accident and injury.
Frozen food company fined £8,500
At the hearing that took place after the incident, the company were found to have breached Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined the sum of £8,500 and instructed to pay costs of £794.
Filing an injury claim in South Derbyshire online through Accident Advice Helpline
Within the food and drink industry slips, trips and falls are the single largest cause of severe injury, accounting for over 37% of all serious accidents that take place. If you become part of this statistic and you work in South Derbyshire, you can launch an injury claim in South Derbyshire by using the online ‘no win, no fee’ services of Accident Advice Helpline.
How you can benefit by working with Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline are one of the nation’s foremost injury claim specialists at dealing with injuries sustained through accidents in the workplace. When you commission our services, you will benefit from:
- Our industry-leading ‘no win, no fee’ service as recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Access to our 30 second, interactive HOW MUCH compensation calculator
- Access to our highly acclaimed customer support service
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Date Published: 30th October 2014