Dangerous machinery is in use across a wide variety of workplaces in the UK on a daily basis. Factories, processing plants, mills and garages are just a few examples of industries where heavy machinery is routinely operated. Almost all industrial machinery is extremely dangerous if it falls into disrepair or is operated without adequate training or, in some cases, lacks necessary supervision. Injury can also occur if the operator is not wearing the necessary PPE (personal protective equipment).
Employers are responsible for carrying out risk assessments for all the machinery used on their premises. They are also responsible for maintaining that machinery and ensuring it is in full working order. Additionally, responsibility lies with the employer for providing training and personal protective equipment to all staff who need it. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to hear of workers who have been asked to operate machinery without these steps being taken.
If you have been injured at work by dangerous machinery because of the negligence of your employer, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.
The most common injuries sustained whilst operating industrial machinery affect the hands and fingers. Eye injuries are common in certain workplaces. Sheet metal workers are particularly affected by particles of metal becoming lodged in their eyes when they have not been issued with protective goggles or visors. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that the personal protective equipment they provide is effective. If it is subject to wear and tear, ill-fitting or no longer affords sufficient protection from machinery, then they must replace the equipment with something more suitable.
Crushing injuries are also common when hands or limbs become trapped in moving parts of industrial machinery. In many cases, crushing injuries are severe and may require reconstructive surgery. Severe lacerations and even amputations are also regularly seen. “Degloving” describes an injury whereby the skin is stripped away from the body, often from the hands and the fingers. Many of these are life-changing injuries that can affect the quality of life and ability to work. Even if a full recovery is possible, you may need to take an extended amount of time away from work. In the worst cases, misuse or negligence relating to dangerous machinery can result in fatalities.
If you have sustained an injury caused by dangerous machinery in your place of work that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim. As with any personal injury claim, it must be provable that the accident was due to the negligence of your employer. However, there are strict time limits in place that affect how long after the accident you will be able to make a claim, so it is vital that you seek legal advice straight away. To find out more about how Cute Injury help you, get in touch today using the options below: