According to the Labour Force Survey 2017/18, 555,000 injuries occurred at work and 144 were fatal accidents.*
Our leading work accident claims solicitors are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured due to faulty or dangerous machinery or if you want to claim on behalf of a loved one, contact us today for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.
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Most of our faulty or dangerous equipment and machinery claims are conducted on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning we only take a fee if we win compensation on your behalf, therefore there is no financial risk to you.
Faulty or dangerous machinery accidents explained
If you have been injured by faulty or dangerous machinery you can claim for compensation. Depending on the nature of the accident, you will claim compensation from your company’s employer’s liability insurance or from the manufacturer, who can also be held responsible for the safe operation of their machines.
While faulty machinery usually relates to heavy machinery and workplaces like construction sites, factories or warehouses, a faulty vacuum cleaner, photocopier or hair dryer is, in legal terms, also considered faulty machinery. If you have been injured by any defective equipment, contact us to establish your full legal position.
Most common causes and types of factory accidents
Usually, the cause of the accident can be linked to an insufficient health and safety assessment by your employer. Common causes are
- Inadequate maintenance
- Irregular inspections
- Missing safety guards
- A lack of personal protective equipment
- A lack of health and safety assessments
These accidents can lead to all kinds of injuries, from minor injuries like bruises, cuts or broken bones to major injuries leading to limb amputation, paralysis or death. Find out more about serious accidents here.
What can I claim for?
If you have experienced a factory accident, you can claim compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- House modifications
- Rehabilitation and treatment
Who is responsible for my accident?
Your employer has to follow a set of regulations called the “Six Pack” to comply with the Health and Safety Act from 1974. According to these regulations, your employer has to carry out a full health and safety assessment to stop accidents from happening in the workplace.
The manufacturer of the machinery is responsible for its safe operation and maintenance according to the machinery directive. If the manufacturer did not foresee the risk or did not implement the appropriate measures to avoid the risk that led to your accident, they can be held responsible.
Your employer also has a responsibility to ensure the risks of operating dangerous machinery are minimised.
Can my employer fire me for claiming compensation?
Your employer can’t fire you for claiming compensation because they have a duty of care to ensure that the working environment is safe for all employees. If you have an accident at work and your employer was responsible in some way, your claim will be made against their insurance company. If your employer threatens to fire you or tries to terminate your employment after your compensation claim has been completed, contact us and we will help make sure you keep your job.
How much can I claim for a faulty or dangerous machinery claim?
It completely depends on your injury and the impact it has on your life. If the injury was caused due to someone else’s negligence, your claim for pain and suffering could be worth several thousands of pounds. For more information call us on freephone 0800 083 5045 or try our online claims calculator.