Suffering a machinery accident can be frightening, and it can lead to some nasty injuries. Machinery is generally designed to be safe to use, providing the people using it are trained and know how to operate it properly. However, if the machinery is faulty, or it is not serviced or maintained regularly, it could pose a potential danger to those in the immediate area.
For example, most machinery will have a cut-off facility that stops the machinery if someone puts their hand or another part of their body too close to the machine. There should also be safety guards that prevent anyone from doing this. A lack of guarding, training, or failsafe elements, could all lead to potential danger.
How can you avoid having a machinery accident?
If you are required to use machinery at work, your employer has a duty of care towards you. This means they must make sure you can use the machinery safely, and will not be at risk of being injured at any stage. They should provide appropriate training for you and anyone else who uses the machinery, so you can avoid doing things that would be dangerous.
Regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping any piece of machinery working smoothly. For example, it should check all moving parts, keeping them oiled and well maintained, and identify repairs wherever they are needed. If something goes wrong because of a lack of care, it could easily lead to a serious accident.
Have you already been involved in a machinery accident?
As we have seen, most accidents of this type can be prevented quite easily. However, it is possible to make sure such things can be prevented, as we noted above. If you are hurt in a machinery accident, you may suffer injuries you can never fully recover from. This may change your life and limit what you can do from then on.
Accident Advice Helpline has assisted other individuals with claims made following a machinery accident of some sort. If you think you could be helped by our team of legal advisors, do call us today on 0800 689 0500, or ring us on 0333 500 0993 if you are using your mobile. When you do, you can find out whether compensation could be payable to you because you were injured through negligent behaviour, whether that was on the part of your employer or someone else entirely.
Date Published: 14th June 2014
Author: Emma Newman