Workers should never lose sight of the fact they have their own duty of care when it comes to health and safety. That duty of care is to themselves. A worker has every right to refuse any task/work they believe puts their health and safety at risk. That’s not to say you cannot raise an injury claim in Staffordshire Moorlands if you knowingly undertake a risky task because you employer expects you to.; you can.
The risks exposed moving parts and cutting blades present
Time and time again that we hear stories of workers getting injured in the workplace because the machines they use are not properly safeguarded. Exposed moving parts and cutting blades present risks, and proper guards need to be fitted in position in order to cancel out that risk.
Operative loses little finger in accident
A clear example of this type of hazard comes from an incident that occurred at a Norwich building company whereby an employer lost a finger when working with a vertical spindle moulding machine. This machine had an exposed cutting tool. This is sometimes unavoidable, otherwise how can the material be presented to the cutting surface? In these instances every type of job has to be risk assessed, and the operative properly trained in the correct procedure. The injury victim had not had any official training, and was injured as a result.
The need for appropriate training and supervision on the job
The building company in question were fined £10,000 and instructed to pay costs of £4,750 in respect of breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. In a comment issued after the hearing, HSE inspector Malcolm Crowther said that the worker had suffered a painful and unnecessary injury; an injury that could have been easily avoided had proper safeguards been fitted, and appropriate training and supervision been given.
Getting a quick estimate on your injury claim in Staffordshire Moorlands
The size of compensation awards for an injury claim In Staffordshire Moorlands varies in direct proportion to the severity and consequences of any injury. In order to find out how much compensation you could receive for the injury you’ve sustained, you can use the HOW MUCH compensation calculator that you’ll find on Accident Advice Helpline’s website. It’s a fast and convenient tool that will only take up about 30 seconds of your time.
You don’t have to pay our fee if you’re claim fails
The fact that Accident Advice Helpline offers a ‘no win, no fee*’ injury claim process means that you can test out the validity of your claim, without having to worry about paying our fee if the claim should eventually fail. It’s a system that is wholly recommended by Esther Rantzen.
To find out more by chatting to one of our experienced advisers, using the free helpline service that we provide, call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile. If you are offered any advice, it will be given free of charge, without obligation, and your call will of course be treated in confidence.
Date Published: 30th October 2014