Workplace accidents are one of the most common personal injury cases made each year. Machinery accidents are quite common and can leave people with injuries leaving a person unable to work.
Work Environments & Machinery
Most factories, warehouses and industrial environments would use dangerous machinery on a daily basis. While it is a responsibility of the employer to ensure a safe working environment, adequate training and appropriate safety gear for all staff working with dangerous machinery, responsibility also rests with the employee to ensure that they act in accordance to their safety training.
Manufacturers of these dangerous machines have a duty of care to their customers to ensure that they are providing working machinery which is not defective in any way. This is not always the case and sometimes it can be manufacturing defects which cause accidents at work.
There are a number of different ways in which these machine accidents can be prevented. This includes carrying out frequent risk assessments, providing correct training to all staff and providing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). If an employer is found to be in breach of these actions the employer may be liable for the injury sustained.
Common Injuries Caused by Dangerous Machinery
Eye injuries can be caused by dislodged parts or items flying from the machinery. This can lead to long-term injuries which may result in vision impairment.
Machine Entanglement Leading to Crush Injuries
If you were to get clothing or a body part caught in machinery with moving parts, this can lead to crush injuries or in some cases degloving – this is where the skin becomes removed from the underlying tissue, in these cases blood supply may also be cut off in the injured area.
Cuts and Lacerations
Cuts and lacerations can be caused by getting caught in machinery or coming in contact with any sharp edges which are not protected properly.
Nerve damage can be caused by becoming entangled in the machine and can be an effect of Degloving also.
Inhaling dangerous fumes from machinery used in the workplace can lead to lung disease. The fumes can come from any piece of machinery in the workplace and inhaling large amounts can cause damage to your system.
Other injuries caused by working with dangerous machinery include:
Machine-related injury can generally be categories into three groups:
Lack of Training / Inadequate Training
In some instances, an employer may be worried about the production line and how fast its moving, rather than the risks involved in operating some types of machinery, this may lead to situations where an employer will have staff hit the ground running without adequate training. Staff find themselves using a machine incorrectly because they don’t know any different and this could lead to an injury. It may seem as though the employee is not following the safety regulations, but in actual fact, they simply weren’t shown how to use the machine properly, which led to their accident.
Faulty Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) / Lack of PPE
Each machine comes with its own potential risks and the injuries that can be sustained also vary from machine to machine, this is why the employer must provide staff with the correct and adequate PPE for the particular machine they are using. This could be either, safety goggles, fireproof clothing, hard hat / other protective headgear, heavy-duty boots and gloves (well-fitted gloves), for example. Using one of the above or combinations of both may be needed depending on the machine.
The machine may be faulty on arrival or become faulty over time. Poorly maintained machinery can be very dangerous also. Machinery that is not periodically checked, that is not rechecked after repairs, broken machinery and/or machinery with missing or defective parts, are all seen as faulty and may lead to an accident.
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