Certain workplaces can be dangerous, especially those that have lots of moving machinery on the premises – so what happens if you’re injured in an accident at work involving dangerous machinery?
Accidents like these can cause serious personal injuries and can change a person’s life. It is only fair that you receive the compensation you deserve if the accident happened because of your employer’s negligence.
What Makes A Workplace Dangerous?
Workplaces that are full of machinery with moving parts can be dangerous. The types of machinery include:
- Forklift trucks
- Cutting machines
- Crushing devices
- Conveyor belts
- Hydraulic hoses
- Handheld tools
- Gardening equipment
Is Your Employer To Blame?
Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from being hurt by machinery whilst on the premises and to keep them safe.
There are conditions for employers to meet to ensure employees are kept safe. These include:
- Keeping all machinery in good working order
- Ensuring employees receive proper training
- Having safeguards in place in case things go wrong, such as ‘kill’ switches
- Putting measures in place to prevent access to moving parts wherever possible
If you’re hurt in an accident involving dangerous workplace machinery, your employer may try to blame you for it – however, if your accident happened as a result of your employer failing to fulfil their legal obligations to keep you safe, then you can likely make a claim against your employer for compensation.
Why Make A Claim For Compensation?
Accidents involving dangerous machinery can lead to serious and sometimes life-changing personal injuries. You could lose a limb or finger as a result of the accident, which is traumatic and painful – and furthermore, you could also lose out on pay due to being unable to work for a while or needing to change jobs.
You may require surgery in the future or a prosthetic limb or finger, which is costly.
By making a claim for compensation, you will receive the money you need and deserve to help you recover from your injuries.
Employers have to, by law, have liability insurance in place. This means that in the majority of claims cases, they are handled by the insurance company and not your employer – so don’t be put off from claiming for fear of what your employer may say or do.
Can You Claim?
We are here to help you secure the compensation you deserve and one of our specialist solicitors will advise you if you’re able to make a claim against your employer.
As a guide, you can usually make a claim even if:
- You no longer work at the place where the accident happened
- The accident happened more than 3 years ago
- You were self-employed at the time of the accident if someone else was in control of your working environment
By finding out the full details of your workplace accident involving machinery, we will provide you with expert advice and guidance on what the best next step is and will fully support you if you decide to go ahead with claiming for compensation.
To find out more about making a compensation claim for an industrial accident or to speak to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors about your particular situation, contact us on Freephone 0800 988 3674 or Mobile 0333 200 4465 or telephone Chester 01244 405 399 or Wrexham 01978 360056 or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will soon be in touch.