You may need to talk to solicitors in Long Buckby if you work in the engineering industry and have suffered an injury while at work through no fault of your own. You could be entitled to claim to compensation from those responsible in such a case.
Operating machinery is hazardous unless fully trained
The various machinery that is used in engineering — things like CNC routers, guillotines, brake presses and lathes — all have certain risks attached to their operation. It’s important that workers are fully trained and made aware of any risks before they are allowed to operate such machinery without being overseen.
Seemingly simple operations can be hazardous
Even simple operations can be hazardous unless approached correctly. For example, emery cloth can be used to clean manual lathes, but should never be used to clean NC (numerically controlled), or CNC (computer numerically controlled) lathes.
Types of injuries that can be sustained
Every year there are many serious accidents that come about because lathe operators are unaware of this fact. Major injuries can be sustained, such as lacerations, dislocated joints, fractured bones, amputations or even death in some cases.
The danger of entanglement
The majority of such accidents happen when a strip of emery cloth is held between two hands and hooked around the back of the component. If the cloth is not kept very taut it can droop, which may result in the cloth being snagged by the collet and wrapped around a spinning component.
All too often, lathe operators wrap the cloth around the fingers of each hand in order to allow them to get a better purchase to help keep the cloth taut, and if this is the case when the cloth is snatched, serious injury is likely.
Gloves can increase the risk
In many instances, these types of accidents have happened with operators who have been wearing gloves. Please note that this can heighten the risk of entanglement.
All operations should be risk assessed
All operations in the workplace should be risk assessed before being practiced. If properly risk assessed, this particular practice would be outlawed by the majority of engineering companies. Proper training of operators would make them aware of this fact, and should therefore prevent this type of accident from happening. The fact of the matter is, however, that accidents of this very nature still occur far too often.
Solicitors in Long Buckby may be able to help
If you’ve been injured in the workplace, and you believe your employer to be fault, you can contact one of our solicitors in Long Buckby to discuss the possibility of making a claim for compensation.
The services Accident Advice Helpline offer
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, securing compensation for clients injured at their place of work is one of our specialist areas. When people employ us, they benefit from:
- Our no win no fee service offer;
- Our 30-second interactive compensation calculator;
- Top quality service, as recommended by Esther Rantzen; and
- Free 24/7 helpline (0800 180 4123 from landlines, 0333 500 0992 from mobiles).
Date Published: 14th April 2014
Author: David Brown