Many people across the UK work in businesses that operate various types of machinery. Employers have a duty of care and legal responsibility to protect their employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974.
That means, for example, they should provide you with the appropriate safety gear and protocols and ensure that machinery is maintained properly. If you have been injured at work and you can show that negligence by your employer was a causative factor, then you should be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Dangerous Machinery at Work
There are thousands of non-fatal injuries at work involving machinery or equipment each year. As you might expect, this can take many forms. In a warehouse where forklift trucks are used, for example, someone may have an accident because areas have not been safely designated.
Faulty equipment is another problem in many industries. This can be machinery that doesn’t work properly or has missing parts such as protective guards that haven’t been replaced. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations state that machinery needs to be fit for purpose and properly maintained.
It isn’t just dangerous or poorly maintained machinery that can cause injuries. If someone is not properly trained, they can put themselves and others at risk. Lack of the right safety equipment such as protective goggles, gloves and ear protectors can also lead to injuries.
Employers are tasked with carrying out risk assessments for all machinery and equipment that is used in their business. This is not just a one-off obligation – regular assessments need to be undertaken to ensure that standards are maintained over time.
Not all machinery injuries are the fault of the employer, of course. They may have been provided with equipment that is not up to the right specifications or has a fault because of the manufacturer’s negligence. In this case, you may be able to make a claim against the manufacturer of the equipment for compensation.
Making a Personal Injury Claim
It can be pretty daunting to take your employer or a large manufacturer to court for compensation. The good news is that you can get a free consultation with a personal injury solicitor to see whether you have a basis for a claim in the first place. This is carried out in confidence and your employer will not be involved.
Solicitors also offer what is called a no win no fee service. The cost of litigation can be prohibitive if you have to pay upfront which puts people off. With personal injury claims, your solicitor will provide the legal advice and take the matter to court without charging you fees.
Fees will only be charged if the claim is successful and compensation is awarded, usually as a percentage of the final payout.
Personal injury compensation can help with the finances you need to recover or support you if you have sustained a disability, make up for the loss of earnings and even compensate you for the psychological harm that the injury has caused you. It’s important to get the advice of a qualified solicitor who is experienced in dealing with personal injury cases caused by negligence or faulty machinery like the team at Accinet.
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