Accidents Caused by Dangerous or Defective Equipment
These days machinery is built to the highest safety specifications. We’ve learnt from the past when the welfare for machinery operators was very low. Now safety is more important than productivity and machines are fitted with emergency response mechanisms and guards to make injuries unlikely. However, working with a large automated machine is still one of the riskiest professions out there if health and safety is not taken seriously, is neglected or ignored.
What are the Risks from Dangerous Machinery?
Machine workers can become injured if they are not trained in how to safely use their machine and it’s equipment; they can also become injured if not provided with proper safety equipment such as goggles, gloves, helmets and ear protectors. It’s the employer’s responsibility to provide these things and if they are not provided, they may be liable for any injury caused to their workers.
Employers also need to provide regular safety assessments of the working environment and machinery. Machines need diagnostic checks, parts replacing regularly and tuning to ensure they are operating efficiently and safely. To minimise risks employers need to carry out risk assessments and put procedures in place for dealing with hazards before they cause accidents.
When Do Injuries Happen?
Injuries caused by machinery may be:
- Eye injuries from projectiles
- Loose clothing or jewelry becoming caught in a machine leading to a crush or laceration
- Cuts and soft-tissue injuries due to lack of training
It’s important to remember machines come in all shapes and sizes. We’re not just talking about large factory machines, machines such as coffee machines in cafes, industrial kitchen machines, and sewing machines can also cause harm for the same reasons listed above.
Crush injuries are some of the worst injuries caused by machines, and often require reconstructive surgery. They can leave the victim permanently disabled or unable to work for long periods of time, this can lead to discomfort, depression, and loss of earnings, all of which your employer may be liable to compensate you for.
If you need some advice about a machine-related injury get in touch right away, or calculate your potential claim using our Claimometer. Our team has dealt with this kind of case on many successful claims, so we can give knowledgeable and experienced advice.