Several incidents can contribute to a personal injury claim being made against an employer where dangerous machinery is involved.
We have experienced a number of cases where workers’ fingers, hands or arms have become trapped in fast-moving parts of machinery, which has resulted in limbs being amputated, or significant nerve damage that prevents them from returning to work.
A lack of health and safety training across the workforce poses a huge risk as less experienced staff may not always safeguard machinery or be aware of the safety instructions for each machine.
None the wise, other staff are then at risk when going to use the machine. These injuries range in severity from minor wounds to breaks, fractures and friction burns, which could require several reconstructive surgeries.
It is integral that all employees working in these conditions understand completely the hazards around them and are only allowed to operate machinery after they have been trained to do so.
Employers should ensure that when necessary, you are offered personal protective equipment (PPE) and where safety breaches or concerns are reported to them, they act immediately.