Moving Machinery Accidents – Claim Compensation for Injuries from Working with Machines
Accidents involving moving machinery are responsible for 4% of all accidents resulting in injury reported to RIDDOR for the 18/19 period. In that same timeframe, there was also 14 fatalities from workers being killed by machinery that was moving in a dangerous manner.
Machinery for the most part can make working conditions safer for staff, replacing dangerous and repetitive tasks with automation. The drawback is human error, maintenance and training – when those aren’t up to par, those usually safe practices put lives in danger.
Can I claim on behalf of a loved one killed by moving machinery at work?
If you have lost someone dear to you as a result of a workplace accident involving machinery, our specialist solicitors can help you claim compensation and most importantly, get justice against those responsible for the accident.
Speak to our team whenever is suits you for a no-obligation discussion on claiming compensation. We offer a friendly, empathetic and no pressure service – call on 08082391859.
What exactly counts as an accident involving moving machinery?
This is difficult to define, as the use of machinery can be so vary varied in terms of need, usage and industry. In general terms, any powered, either electrically or manually, machine, appliance tool or apparatus that has moving parts, be they autonomously or via user control, which makes contact with a worker with sufficient speed or force to cause injury is considered in this category of workplace accidents.
What industries are most likely to have an accident involving moving machinery?
A manufacturing company might use machinery on the lines for food processing, for example, that requires workers to interact with it on either side of its place on the production queue. Agriculture often uses machinery to process animals and crops, which could also pose a risk.
Wherever you were injured, or whatever industry you work in, our panel of workplace injury solicitors can help you claim compensation if the accident was a result of negligence on the part of the employer.
What can be done to prevent workplace accidents caused by moving machinery?
There are Regulations surrounding the Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWER) which need to be followed. Some detailed guidance can be found on the HSE website. The main takeaways are:
- Equipment needs be right for the task at hand during the selection stage.
- The guidance notes from the supplier of the machinery need to be followed for proper usage.
- Anyone using the machinery needs to properly trained.
- The machines need to be routinely inspected and maintained for continued usage.
- Use machinery that has sensible guards or protective devices should dangerous parts be accessible to workers.
- Workers are in a fit and healthy condition when around machinery; being tired can be a serious safety hazard.
- Machines need to be able to be stopped in the event of a dangerous occurrence.
- Appropriate PPE should also be supplied to protect users.
If you feel like any of these points have not been met and can be attributed to an injury you may have suffered, speak to our work accident lawyers** who can help you evaluate your claim, free of charge. Call 08082391859 today.
What sort of body injuries are you likely to get from contact with moving machinery?
This very much depends on the force or nature of the machine causing injury. In some instances, a machine may knock into you whilst operational, which could result in a fracture to arms or legs. In other accidents, becoming caught in the machine’s movements could result in an amputation, typically to the fingers, but further up is also possible.
In extreme scenarios, brain trauma or spinal damage can occur, but something has to be seriously wrong for that to happen. There are many ways your body can be injured whilst working with machines, if this has happened to you, speak to us on 08082391859 now.
What should you do if you’ve been injured by machines at work?
The main thing retroactively you can do is make sure the incident is recorded in the Accident Book – whilst your top concern after an accident should be recovery, part of the process of claiming is helped by having an official record or the injury and it’s causes. If possible, any photos of the machinery that caused injury, details of its operation and how your workplace made use of it will helps us evaluate the events that lead to the accident. Any testimonies from colleagues who witnessed the event, as well as an account of the workplace culture will help give credibility to your case.
You then should call our team of workplace injury specialists to ratify your claim for compensation. We can also give you an idea of how much your claim might be worth – call now on 08082391859.
Am I likely to have a case to claim compensation for being struck by moving machines?
All of that will depend on the events surrounding your injury, which is why collecting the aforementioned evidence will help build you claim. If you can attribute negligence on the part of your employer or workplace’s environment, then you’re likely to have a claim, even if it might be partially your fault. If you’re unsure, you are free to ask our workplace accident solicitors for advice, which we supply with no-obligation to you.
What advantages do I have if I claim for injuries from moving machinery compensation with Friends Legal?
- We have a team of technical qualifiers who can assess your claim for free. If they feel you have a case, we bring your claim to one of our panel solicitors – that way you don’t run up any legal fees by just asking questions.
- Our telephony team is open 24hrs a day, but you can leave them a message with our contact form, and they’ll get back to you within a few working days.
- Our panel of workplace injury solicitors can work on a no win, no fee* basis, meaning again, you’re not drumming up expensive legal fees by claiming for your personal injury.
- Our team covers the whole of the UK, and you’ll be assigned a panel solicitor depending on if you’re in England and Wales, or Scotland.
- We have helped thousands of injured people claim compensation.
- We can also help with rehabilitation; arranging physio or in harsher situations, surgery and medical treatment. We offer a whole accident management package.
- We have a UK call centre, based in Manchester, and come from all walks of life.
- We fight for the maximum compensation for your work injury, because ultimately your job is to make the company successful and they should at least ensure your safety in exchange.
- When we calculate your claim amount, we factor in loss of earnings, general expenses and any ongoing costs incurred by the injury, so that you get the highest level of compensation due to you.
- We’re friendly, empathetic and here to help you however we can.
Get in touch with our workplace injury solicitors** today to find if and how much compensation you could claim.
If you’ve had an accident caused by machinery at work and someone else is at fault, call our accident helpline today on 08082391859 to start your claim – we’re here to help.