Many businesses have potentially dangerous machinery on-site. This could include vehicles like fork-lift trucks, heavy-duty manufacturing machinery and equipment that contains hazardous materials as well as those that require certain training to use.
The duty of care of employers
Under the law, if there is any hazardous machinery on-site or being used for work in any way, your employer has a duty of care to make sure things are as safe as possible. This is covered under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 which means your employer needs to have certain practices and procedures in place.
This might include, for example, wearing hard hats in construction areas or making sure that someone is properly trained to use a piece of machinery like an industrial drill or saw. It can include ensuring that certain areas are designated as hazardous and only certain people are allowed there.
It will almost certainly mean that your employer will need to organise regular inspections and maintenance for dangerous machinery and ensure that employees have the right safety equipment at all times when using it.
Types of machinery accident
Machinery can cause accidents in a lot of different ways. Moving parts can be hazardous, with body parts getting trapped in rollers, pulley drives and belts. Sharp edges that are not protected can cause cuts and puncture wounds. People could get crushed by moving machinery or be exposed to hot or cold emissions such as steam.
Some of these injuries are likely to be life-changing and even fatal. If the accident was caused through negligence in the workplace, then there may be a case to claim for compensation. This might happen, for example, if you were asked to use machinery that you have not been trained for or if the equipment was not properly maintained or was being used for something other than its intended use.
Contacting a personal injury solicitor
Dangerous machinery accidents can often be quite severe and the first issue you will be faced with is recovering and, hopefully, getting back to normal.
Your accident may have caused a range of issues for you. For example, perhaps you have lost income because you are no longer able to do the same job. Maybe you have had to make adjustments to the way you live your life because of a loss of a limb or other disability. There might be psychological trauma that you need to overcome because of the accident.
It is important to sit down and discuss any potential claim with a qualified solicitor as soon as you can. They will normally give you the initial consultation free so that you can find out where you stand.
Personal solicitors like Accinet offer a no win no fee arrangement. This means that upfront fees are not charged – if your claim is successful and you are awarded compensation, your legal team will take their fees from that settlement, usually as an agreed percentage.
If you have been the victim of an accident involving dangerous machinery at work, contact our friendly team of solicitors today.