If you work in Staffordshire and you’ve been injured in an incident involving an unguarded winch, a set of rollers or a conveyor belt of the type typically used in the agricultural industry, you may wish to enlist the help of Accident Advice Helpline. You can use our no win no fee injury claim process, which comes highly recommended by Esther Rantzen, to launch a Staffordshire Moorlands accident at work claim for appropriate compensation.
Protection from the exposed moving parts of machinery
Any sort of machinery that has exposed moving parts should have guards fitted in place to ensure that workers cannot accidentally come into contact with these hazards. A specially designed winch, in use at a mushroom farm in Cambridgeshire, did not have a guard fitted, and this led to a worker being seriously injured.
31-year-old worker’s arm caught in winch mechanism
The 31-year-old man was cleaning compost from the tunnels in which the mushrooms grow. The mushrooms had just been harvested. He was winding the sheet, which lines the growing shelves, onto the winch. The sheet fell free and when attempting to relocate it, the 31-year-old’s gloved hand got snagged in the mechanism. It drew his hand and arm in to shoulder level, and might have caused an even more serious injury has a colleague not stopped and reversed the winch.
The injury victim sustained a fractured forearm and upper arm, plus extensive, severe, bruising to his chest and back. His injuries caused him to stay off work for more than a year.
Machine purchased without appropriate guard
In the investigation that followed, conducted by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), it was discovered that the machine’s roller was unguarded when purchased, and that therefore the machine was used as bought. Since the accident the farm has now enclosed the rotating section of the machine behind a guard to prevent a recurrence of such an incident.
Pre-value your Staffordshire Moorlands accident at work claim
Winches and conveyors are a notorious cause of accidents in the workplace. If you’ve been hurt by one of these mechanisms, or indeed any other machinery in the workplace, you can rely on AAH for support. Before you actually launch your Staffordshire Moorlands accident at work claim, you might like to establish how much compensation you could be due to receive. The quickest and easiest way to get an estimate is to make use of what we refer to as our HOW MUCH compensation calculator. It won’t take up more than about 30 seconds of your time.
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Source: Cambridge News
Date Published: 20th October 2014