If you’d like good advice on hiring a solicitor to deal with claiming financial compensation for machinery accidents in Smethwick, you can use us here at Accident Advice Helpline as your benchmark. If you like what you see here on our website, you may even decide to use us as your virtual solicitor in Smethwick. We’re not an easy act to follow.
Machinery accidents in Smethwick
If, during the course of your duties at work, you have to use the company’s equipment and tools, you have a right to expect to be able to do so without endangering your own health and safety. If however something is amiss, (for example a circular saw with a faulty guard), serious and even fatal injuries can occur.
Employees, who are expected to operate potentially dangerous machinery such as circular saws and bandsaws, must be correctly trained to do so. Certain protocols must be clearly understood and observed, such as machinery having the correct guards in place and using things like “push sticks” in order to avoid getting hands or fingers too close to exposed cutting blades.
It is the employer’s duty of care to ensure that any potentially dangerous equipment is fitted with appropriate guards. However, it is also the employee’s responsibility to advise an employer if a guard is faulty or inoperable. In these cases, such machinery should be taken out of service until the guard is correctly repaired or replaced.
Important advice on hiring a solicitor for work related injury claims
Good advice on hiring a solicitor in Smethwick to deal with a work-related injury caused by unguarded machinery, is to ensure that the injury claim solicitor you choose specialises in Health and Safety in the workplace. There are many issues to consider, including:
- The correct deployment of machinery guards
- Best practice in terms of machinery operation
- The carrying out of appropriate risk assessments
- The issue of appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- An employer’s Health and Safety record
All of these things and more need to be taken into consideration, in order to clearly establish the blame for any accident and injury. Indeed, the solicitor you choose must have appropriate in-depth experience of these issues, as we have here at Accident Advice Helpline.
If you’ve been badly injured through no fault of your own, and you’d like to find out how much compensation you could be awarded, the easiest way to do so is to make use of our HOW MUCH compensation calculator and take our 30-second online test.
Our 30-second test checks out the validity of any potential claim in theory before issuing an estimate. But in the unlikely event that your claim should subsequently be rejected, we here at Accident Advice Helpline also provide a no win no fee guarantee which means that you won’t be expected to pay our legal fee should your claim fail.
Getting help when you need it from Accident Advice Helpline
If you’re in need of any help or advice with regard to making up your mind whether to launch a claim or not, or you have any queries about the compensation claim process, you should use the national helpline service we provide to have a chat with a member of our customer support team. You can access this helpline by calling:
- 0800 689 0500 from any UK-based landline
- 0333 500 0993 from any UK-based mobile
Although you have a 3-year window during which to launch a claim for compensation, we always maintain it is best done at the earliest opportunity; so why not grab your phone and call us today to start things moving?
Date Published: 9th October 2015
Author: David Brown