Hundreds of work accident claim compensation cases are handled by the established law firm Accident Advice Helpline every year. They help workers secure a fair level of compensation for injuries that they have suffered in work accidents that were not their fault. All industries have some accidents but some are inherently more dangerous than others.
The construction industry, for example, gives rise to many work accident claim compensation cases every year. Sometimes new equipment is introduced which leads to a new style of accident and therefore a new class of claim. An example of this, involving mobile elevating work platforms, is given here.
Work accident claim compensation from mobile elevating work platforms – causes
The underlying causes of accidents are inappropriate selection of equipment, poor planning, inappropriate operation and inadequate training and supervision. This can lead to operators become crushed because of:
- Overhead obstructions in the path of the platform
- Operators leaning over the guard rails
- Operators losing control of the platform
- Use of platform in poor lighting conditions
- Distraction of the operator by vehicles or pedestrians
- Use of the platform on uneven ground
- Objects on the ground in the path of the platform
Work accident claim compensation from mobile elevating work platforms – prevention
Preventing accidents involving lifting platforms requires careful planning and control of the work task. Some particular safety measures have been described as:
- Choosing a route carefully, ensuring that it does not have any overhead obstructions and travelling at a slow speed.
- Training of operatives so that they do not lean over the platform controls, not use distracting devices such as mobile phones and desist from putting objects on, or hang objects off, the control panel.
- Taking account of the lighting conditions which may vary by season and by time of day and weather conditions.
- Using a ‘banksman’ – a lookout – to deal with other vehicles and pedestrians so that the operator is not distracted.
- Removing obstacles from the ground around the platform before it is elevated and using platforms only on even ground, using spreaders if necessary.
Work accident claim compensation from mobile elevating work platforms – planning
Planning of the proposed work is the key to its successful and safe operation. Design out hazards from the task as much as possible, such as by removing overhead obstacles before the job gets started. It is important to select the correct size of platform for the job. The aim of this is to select the platform that makes it as difficult as possible for the operator to become trapped.
This includes choosing one with the best layout of controls for that particular job. The ground may have to be checked and prepared before the task is started and all the tools and equipment that will be needed must be selected and obtained. Only those operators who are competent and trained should be allowed to use the platform and clear emergency procedures should be in place in case something goes wrong.
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