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Dangerous Machinery Injury & Machinery Accident Claims

A large number of workers suffer injuries caused by faulty or defective machinery at work, many of which are unfortunately due to negligent employers failing to follow UK and European health and safety regulations.

Machinery injuries can originate within almost any employment sector, however, there is a far greater risk of serious injury and even fatality for those currently working in engineering, construction, and agriculture.

If you have suffered an injury due to handling unsafe equipment, you could be entitled to compensation. Call our personal injury solicitors team on 0800 0747 644 today to discuss your case further.

The Work Accident Claims team at Grieves Solicitors in Huddersfield and a leading Personal Injury Solicitors firm in Yorkshire and we are accredited as senior personal injury litigators by the Law Society.

Causes of machinery injury

Machinery accidents can cause severe injuries to the hands, eyes and fingers if the equipment is defective or used improperly. Common accidents include:

  • Poorly designed equipment.
  • Untidy work environment causing slips and trips near dangerous machinery.
  • Unchecked or faulty machinery.
  • Lack of safety equipment for protection.
  • Mechanical failures.
  • Absent or damaged guards.
  • Lack of training.

How do I know if I have a case?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 require all employers to ensure all machinery is in a suitable condition for its intended use and is used safely within the workplace. These regulations also require all employees who use machinery to receive adequate information, instruction and training.

As of 2005 the Control of Vibrations at Work Regulations requires companies to specifically assess the risks of vibration which can arise from regular use of particular machinery and electronic power tools.

Unfortunately some employers choose to ignore these regulations, and as a result, increase the likelihood of an accident.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 require all employers to ensure all machinery is in a suitable condition for its intended use and is used safely within the workplace. These regulations also require all employees who use machinery to receive adequate information, instruction and training.

As of 2005 the Control of Vibrations at Work Regulations requires companies to specifically assess the risks of vibration which can arise from regular use of particular machinery and electronic power tools.

Unfortunately some employers choose to ignore these regulations, and as a result, increase the likelihood of an accident.

Making a claim

If you have been involved in a machinery accident or developed an illness due to the materials you have been using on it, you may have the right to take legal action. All workplace injuries and witnesses should be recorded which will then be used by a solicitor to compile the strongest possible case.

The financial compensation you receive will be awarded from your employers liability insurance company, who will be responsible for settling your claim. Compensation is intended to cover certain costs depending on your injury including:

  • Loss of pay
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Medical fees
  • Further compensation for long-term effects including psychological damages.

How much compensation will I receive for a Machinery Accident Claim?

The final valuation of your Compensation settlement for an injury caused by dangerous machinery operated by you or by a colleague will differ depending on a variety of circumstances. Every case is individual in its own way.

Certainly the most important aspect to consider is the seriousness of your injuries and to what extent your injuries will influence your ability to make a full recovery, lead an independent life and return to work.

Compensation awards comprise two elements:

  • General Damages - to compensate for the loss of amenity, pain & suffering
  • Special Damages - to compensate for financial losses or future costs incurred as a direct result of the injury

Our Accident at work Compensation Calculator will provide provisional guideline figures on how much compensation you may receive for the 'general damages' element of the final compensation award.

Contact Grieves Solicitors today

Our personal injury team can help with your case straight away and we are here to offer legal advice and support throughout your claim. Call us today on 0800 0747 644 or enquire online.