There are many occupations that require the use of machinery of some sort and sadly machinery accidents in the workplace are common. You may use machinery on a daily basis in a workshop, factory or warehouse, and heavy machinery with moving parts (such as rollers) could easily cause an injury that could affect the rest of your life. Of course, you take some responsibility for your own safety at work, but ultimately if you have been injured through no fault of your own, you may find you are eligible to claim compensation after your accident. If you are wondering how you could become involved in machinery accidents that end up as a personal injury claim then you need to understand a bit more about machinery accident claims for occupational accidents.
Machinery safety in the workplace
These days it is not acceptable to have an unsafe place of work. Many laws and regulations have been passed which require employers to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Employers should know how to avoid machinery accidents and, just as importantly, they should put those measures in place. Your employer’s responsibility to prevent you from having machinery accidents is enshrined in legislation and ignorance of the law is no defence. It is up to your employer to thoroughly assess the hazards that are present in the workplace and then to devise policies and procedures to minimise the risk as far as possible.
There are plenty of regulations in place to protect workers, but ultimately if your employer does not take health and safety seriously, then you could be injured as a result. If you feel that your employer could have done more to prevent your accident from happening, and you have been injured as a result, you may have grounds to start a personal injury claim. We here at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you to do that.
Getting injured by a machine
Machines often have fast moving parts and can exert a great deal of force. They are usually much tougher than the human body and so, unfortunately, if a part of the body gets caught up in a machine it will be the human that gets badly damaged. You can also get injured if you get crushed between a machine and a hard object such as a wall or if a part flies out of a machine at speed. Machines can cause burns and grazes and can even give you an electric shock. The injuries you could sustain from machinery accidents are potentially very serious and may require a prolonged period in hospital. You may never make a complete recovery and some life-changing injuries will require adaptions to your home and car.
Here are just a few examples of the types of injuries which you could sustain in a machinery accident at work:
- Crush injuries such as broken bones, common with machines with moving parts (such as rollers)
- Eye and facial injuries caused by flying parts
- Electric shock from faulty machines
- Loss of limbs, often due to trapping an arm or hand in machinery and suffering serious crush injuries
- Burns from hot machine parts
- Grazes and lacerations caused by sharp objects
Some of these injuries are more serious than others, but ask yourself who was to blame for your accident. If somebody else’s negligence led to your accident then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation, whether you have suffered minor or more serious injuries.
Who’s at fault for machinery accidents?
It’s up to employers to carry out risk assessments and ensure that the workplace is safe for everyone. When you’re working with heavy machinery, there are some additional things that employers should be doing:
- Checking machinery regularly and maintaining it to a safe standard
- Replacing any worn parts/faulty machines promptly
- Training all staff in the safe use of machinery
- Providing staff with safety equipment
- Installing safety measures such as guard rails, to prevent accidents from happening
If you’ve been injured and you feel your employer failed on one or more of the above responsibilities, we could help you make a personal injury claim. You have three years from the date of your accident to make a claim, so get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident to find out if you have a viable claim. Machinery accident claims are generally less complex than many people think, and in most cases you won’t even have to go to court to get the compensation you are entitled to.
Should you claim compensation?
Customers find that claiming for machinery accidents helps them to come to terms with what has happened. They are able to use the compensation to pay for specialist help and equipment, medication and even child care bills. The compensation helps them to get their life back on track and move forward. You could be entitled to compensation to cover your loss of earnings, if you have taken time off work after your accident for medical treatment or to recover. You could even claim compensation for things like the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments and prescription costs, helping you to stay on track financially whilst you focus on recovering after your accident.
Machinery accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline
We have been helping people just like you with machinery accident claims for more than 16 years. We will handle all of the legal aspects of the claim and will even fill out as much of the paperwork as we can. Most claims don’t end up in court, and we can process the majority of claims over the phone, giving you one less thing to worry about. You do not have to worry about the cost of claiming for machinery accidents when we handle your claim either, as all our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so there are no upfront costs. Give us a call on 0800 689 0500 from a land line or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to get advice from our expert team of personal injury advisors and find out whether you have a viable claim.
Date Published: 16th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell