Machinery And Faulty Work Equipment Compensation
Employers have a responsibility to make sure that work equipment is safe. Machinery accident claims or other work accident claims due to faulty equipment can include any machinery, appliance, apparatus, equipment, tool or installation for use at work (whether exclusively or not).
Machinery and equipment are used in many different workplaces across the UK. Whether for small jobs, or in big industrial factories, they are integral to many working environments. If you’ve suffered injury due to dangerous or faulty work equipment, we can advise you on whether you can make a work accident compensation claim.
We have a specialist team of accident at work solicitors who have the legal knowledge to combat the issues that can arise in such claims. We also have a dedicated serious work injury team who have the expertise to deal with serious head, spinal and orthopaedic injuries which can be common in airports, factories and in the agricultural industry.
Contact our solicitors today on 0800 612 7340 or fill in our work accident enquiry form and we’ll call you back.
Your Employer’s Responsibility
Every employer has to ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient working order and is in good repair. Inspections of work equipment are often required, for example if equipment is exposed to conditions likely to cause deterioration. It is also important that all machinery is well maintained and has adequate guards to protect employees from the dangerous elements of the machine.
Employers must also ensure that the machinery is used correctly. Employers should therefore carry out adequate risk assessments for all machinery and the processes for using them. Your employer has to take measures to protect you against dangerous or potentially faulty machine parts. They should also ensure that employees are fully trained on methods of use, risks and precautions. Unfortunately many people are asked to operate machinery without proper training, or are asked to operate machinery without adequate safety guards – both of which can result in not only serious injuries, but tragically can also result in the death of an employee.
If your employer fails in their duty of care and you suffer injury as a result, you may be able to make a faulty work equipment compensation claim for your injury and other losses.
Types of machinery accident and faulty work equipment claims
Some of the more common work accident claims can include injuries caused by:
- Work equipment that has not been properly maintained.
- Work equipment and machinery that has not been regularly inspected and left to deteriorate.
- Faulty work equipment that has not been repaired correctly.
- Work equipment or machinery which is inadequate for the job.
- Employees using work equipment that they have not been adequately trained for.
- Ill-fitting protective clothing; masks and gloves etc. whilst handling machinery.
- Machinery and work equipment that do not have adequate safety guards (or have faulty safety guards).
By making a defective work equipment claim, it will also help ensure that the same will not happen to another member of staff. Highlighting the dangers after a personal injury will mean that employers will take steps to avoid these accidents happening again. You are advised to start your faulty work compensation claim as soon as possible.
The quicker your compensation claim is made, the easier it is to properly investigate the accident. It is also easier for witnesses to remember what took place. This will help you to build a case against your employer, to show they are to blame and have been negligent. Remember that if your claim is successful it will be your employer’s insurer who will pay your claim and not your employer.
If you’ve suffered injury after a machinery accident or other accident due to dangerous work equipment, call us today. You will be assigned a specialist work accident claims solicitor who is an expert in faulty work equipment claims. You can be sure that your compensation claim will be handled efficiently and professionally.
Contact one of our work injury solicitors using our online enquiry form or call our work accident claims helpline on 0800 612 7340.
Machinery And Work Accident Claims Case Studies
Here’s some of our recent machinery accident case studies:
- Mr M severed several fingers on his right hand when he was trying to free paper from a cutting machine. The machine should have had a safety mechanism that would stop any dangerous moving parts of the machine if they were exposed. He received £225,000 in accident at work compensation.
- Mr K sustained serious injuries to his arm when it became trapped in a conveyer belt machine. His injuries included multiple fractures, dislocations to his elbow and shoulder and soft tissue damage. The machine had been repaired after a breakdown; however, the protective guard had not been replaced. Freeclaim Solicitors helped our client win £75,000 in compensation.
- Miss C claimed £3,800 in accident compensation after an accident in a cotton factory. A tube in a machine that was supposed to be bolted down came loose, lifted, and landed on her ankle. She sustained a fracture to her ankle and was unable to work for several weeks.
- Mr D was working for an electrical firm when he was asked to smooth sheet metal ready to make fuse boxes. Our client had not been fully trained to use the machine to do this work and was provided with inadequate eye protection. As a result, he sustained damage to his eye when a piece of metal debris became imbedded. He received over £4,710 in damages.