How to be safe in a job using heavy machinery and when to make an injury claim
Using heavy machinery s part of your job, you will probably have had to have a great deal or training before you can even begin. You will need to learn how to use the machinery and how to stay safe around it, as well as what to do if something goes wrong. However, even with a lot of training and so on, there are still times that you can make mistakes which lead to serious issues and can cause accidents.
If you have an accident that you caused, and this leads to injuries, you will have to take the blame for what happened, and may lose your job, so it is worth knowing these tips for staying safe.
- Get full training. Even if your employer is keen to get you started on work, and thus misses out a section of your training, you should feel strong enough to refuse to do the work until you have had full training. Just be aware that if you aren’t fully trained it is you that will be injured, not your employer, so demand to be trained.
- Stay alert. If you are feeling very tired or distracted, you shouldn’t be working with heavy machinery, even if you do feel that you know what you are doing and could almost ‘do the job in your sleep’. You could cause a serious accident if you are not fully alert at all times.
- Avoid certain medications. There are a range of medications which can make you very sleepy and most of these carry a warning that they shouldn’t be used if you are operating heavy machinery. For this reason, check the side effects and warnings on any medication that you are taking and if they do warn that they can cause drowsiness you should avoid them when working.
- Work in groups. It may be useful to work with other people who can keep an eye on you and alert you if something appears to be a hazard.
Do you have a good case for an injury claim in Welwyn?
You should call the Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about any accident you have had, so that they can help you to decide whether or not you have a good case for an injury claim in Welwyn.
If you are able to make an injury claim in Welwyn, you are under no obligation to proceed, and can choose not to move forward, but if you do want to make a claim the team will help you through this. You will work with an experienced and professional personal injury lawyer on your injury claim in Welwyn, and they will provide you with advice and support, as well as moving your claim ahead quickly on your behalf.
Date Published: 30th October 2014
Author: David Brown