By Ruth Dolan. Last Updated 4th February 2021. Have you been injured because of dangerous machinery at work? Perhaps someone you know was involved in a fatal accident due to a machinery incident? No matter what has happened, if the incident was not the injured person’s fault, they could be eligible for a payout.
Here at Accident Claims UK, we have years of experience when it comes to dangerous machinery at work injury claims, and we can help you get the maximum money available. You can call us on 0800 073 8801. But first, read on to discover more.
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- A guide to dangerous machinery at work injury claims
- Statistics about dangerous machinery accidents in the UK
- Causes of dangerous machinery at work accidents
- Conveyor belt accident claims
- Log splitter injury claims
- Claiming for missing or defective safety guards
- Do you have a claim for an accident caused due to dangerous machinery?
- Can you claim if you were injured due to a machine as a member of the public?
- Gathering evidence for your claim
- Determining how severe your injuries are
- The long lasting consequences of injuries due to dangerous machinery
- What damages can I claim for when making a dangerous machinery at work injury claim?
- How much compensation could I claim for a dangerous machinery at work injury claim?
- Dangerous machinery at work no win no fee injury claims
- Why choose Accident Claims UK
- Contact our team today
- Useful links
There are a number of rules and regulations in place in the UK regarding machinery in the workplace, including a list of control measures to avoid accidents from machinery/equipment. If your employer has not taken the required steps to mitigate the risks, you could be entitled to compensation.
In this guide, we will reveal all you need to know about these claims. This includes explaining the hazards/risks relating to the use of plant and equipment, as well as the different types of dangerous machinery claims you can make. We will also take a look at the health and safety machinery regulations, including machine guarding regulations, how to gather evidence for your claim, what amount of compensation you may receive, and much more.
The HSE has posted 2020 statistics regarding health and safety in Great Britain in the manufacturing sector. They have revealed that 14% of fatal injuries to workers are caused by coming into contact with moving machinery. They have also revealed that 12% of non-fatal injuries (that last over 7 days) to employees are caused due to coming into contact with machinery.
There are many different machinery hazards in the working environment, and so there are many ways that dangerous machinery incidents can take place. Here are some common machinery hazards examples:
- Coming into contact with a machine
- Ejector incidents
- Impact accidents
- Faulty equipment
- Dangerous vehicles
If you use conveyor belts in your role at work, you are expected to be given the correct training. Moreover, the equipment should be safe to use. You need to know what to do if the belt malfunctions too. Therefore, organisations that are responsible for workers utilising conveyor belts must:
– Make certain that there is no exposure to dangerous parts. Covers or guards must be used where needed.
– Provide sufficient training to operators.
If this has not occurred and you have been injured, you will be entitled to compensation.
In 2011, the HSE called the safety of firewood processing machines into question. At the time, a number of log splitters did not comply with regulations that were in place. Your employer could be held accountable if the machines you were using were not up to safety standards and you were then injured. There is generally a three-year time limit on accident claims, but if your employer still uses unsafe machinery, let them know. If you’ve been injured by one of these machines recently, you could make a claim.
All equipment should undergo extensive testing. However, there are incidents whereby items fail us. If you have been injured because of a safety guard that was not maintained properly, or because there was no safety guard altogether, you could claim. Employers are expected to do the following:
- Prioritise training, risk assessment, maintenance, and repairs
- Make sure that machinery is stopped before workers can get into designated danger zones
- Guard against the risk of injuries due to debris thrown from the machinery
- Ensure dangerous components have fixed guards. Dangerous components include the likes of sharp edges and rotating blades
It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure all equipment is well maintained and safe to use. They should also make sure the staff receive the required training.
As per the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974, employers need to make certain that:
- Machines are used correctly and safely
- Machines are fit for purpose and safe
- Safety measures are put in place and enforced
- Their duties include the following:
- Supplying the correct protective clothing
- Training all staff
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Prioritising the completion of essential repairs
- Performing regular machinery maintenance
Yes, although these incidents might not be common, you can still claim as a member of the public. An example of this could be if you were injured due to a forklift that spilt its load or was left unguarded.
When it comes to making a claim for personal injury compensation, you need to arm yourself with one of the best accident lawyers to give yourself the best chance of a successful case.
However, there are steps you can take yourself to strengthen your case to give yourself the highest chance of securing the full amount of compensation you deserve. So, let’s take a look at some tips for building a strong case…
- Contact details– Firstly, you should get the contact details of the person that caused the incident. This includes their name, telephone number and the details of their insurer. Aside from this, if anyone witnessed the incident, you should try and get their contact information as well, as their statement can really help to strengthen your case.
- Make a note of what happened– When you get a second, it is a good idea to sit down and write what happened in as much detail as possible. You never know what could be important, and this ensures you do not forget anything vital later down the line.
- Keep proof of expenses– When you make a personal injury claim, you will be able to claim for any out of pocket expenses you have experienced as a direct result of your injuries, including counselling expenses, travel costs, loss of earnings, medical costs and such like. You will need proof if you are to claim for these, so don’t throw away your receipts and any other documents that will back up your case.
- Report the incident– In some cases, it is vital to report your case. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you need to inform your employer. This is because all employers are required, by law, to have an accident book, and the incident needs to be recorded in this. This also serves as an official record of what happened to you.
- Take photographs– You can strengthen your case by taking photographs of your injuries if they are visible. Not only this but if there is any visible damage at the scene, for example, you can see how the machinery was dangerous, then you should take photos of this.
The severity of your injuries will be carefully considered if you have suffered in the workplace because of an incident involving a lack of machinery safety. Not only does this relate to your physical injuries, but also any psychological injuries that you have sustained too. If your injuries will take longer to recover than someone else’s, you will naturally receive a larger payout than them.
The long-term effect of dangerous machinery at work injury claims can differ from person-to-person. Some people will make a quick recovery. However, there are a lot of people that will experience the consequences of the incident for the rest of their life. Some people will be able to return to work, others will never be able to work again. This will all be taken into consideration when determining the payout you will receive.
You are probably aware of the fact that you could be compensated for your injuries, receiving a payout that could help you through the recovery process. But, did you know that you could claim for special damages as well?
So, what are special damages? This is compensation for any out of pocket expenses you have been subject to as a result of your suffering. You could claim for these so long as you have proof in the form of receipts and any other relevant documents. To give you a better example of what special damages are, let’s take a look at some examples.
- Medical expenses – Needless to say, if you have been injured, there is a very high chance that you are going to face medical costs in some form. This could be anything from treatment expenses to the cost of your prescriptions.
- Counselling costs – Unfortunately, the injuries that arise from accidents are not always physical. Some people experience mental anguish, especially when the incident has been particularly dramatic. If you have had to seek counselling to help you through this period, you will be able to claim as a special damage.
- Loss of earnings – If you have been left unable to work during the recovery phase, you may be covered by sick pay, but this is not the case for everyone, especially those that are self-employed. You will be able to claim for loss of income.
- Childcare expenses – Have you had to hire a child-minder to look after your children? If so, make sure they provide you with an invoice so you can claim for this.
It is vital to note that when claiming for all of these damages that there’s a personal injury claims time limit. This is a three-year limit, which begins from the date of the accident/injury, so it really is worth claiming sooner rather than later.
You will, no doubt, want to know how much compensation you will receive for your accident at work claim. With payout amounts, it is vital to recognise that all cases are assessed individually, and so it is impossible to provide you with an accurate payout figure. Even if you use a personal injury claims calculator, it will only ever provide you with a rough estimate regarding the money you will get. The best thing to do is refer to the table below, where you will see the typical payout for common injuries caused by machinery.
|What injury have you sustained?||Notes about this injury||Typical payout amount|
|Severe Wrist Injuries||Result in the permanent loss of mobility of the wrist.||£44,690 to £56,180|
|Less Severe Arm Injuries||Limit use of the arm for the short-term but will heal eventually.||£18,020 to £36,770|
|Severe Arm Injuries||Limit the use of the arm permanently.||£36,770 to £56,180|
|Severe Back Injuries||Breaks to the back, which will have a permanent affect on the life of the victim.||£36,390 to £151,070
|Moderate Back Injuries||Damage to the muscles and ligaments of the back, which will cause pain until healed.||£11,730 to £36,390|
|Minor Back Injuries||Sprains, lacerations and bruising that will heal rapidly and have no lasting affect.||Up to £11,730|
|Less Serious Hand Injuries||A crushed hand, with loss of function until healed.||£13,570 to £27,220|
|Very Serious Leg Injuries||Injuries that once healed will still have an affect on a person’s mobility.||£51,460 to £127,530|
|Severe Leg Injuries||Injuries that will permanently affect a person’s mobility, and cause ongoing pain and suffering.||£36,790 to £51,460|
|Minor Leg Injuries||From soft tissue damage, sprains and very minor fractures to fractures that result in impaired mobility.||Up to £26,050|
|Below Elbow Amputation||Loss of the lower arm.||£90,250 to £102,890|
|Severe Neck Injuries||Long-term injuries that will have a permanent affect on a person life, either through reduced movement or constant pain.||£61,710 to £122,860|
|Moderate Neck Injuries||Painful injuries that will take some time to heal, the duration will generally drive the amount.||£7,410 to £36,120|
|Minor Neck Injuries||Cuts, abrasions and minor sprains, which will heal.||Up to £7,410|
|Amputation of Big Toe||Complete loss of one big toe.||In the region of £29,380|
|Severe Toe Injuries||Injuries that result in the amputation of one or more toes.||£12,900 to £29,770|
|Very Severe Foot Injuries||Injuries that result in serious permanent disability.||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Loss of Thumb||Amputation of one thumb.||£33,330 to £51,460|
|Very Serious Thumb Injury||Thumb that has been amputated and grafted back on with loss of function.||£18,390 to £32,850|
If you cannot find the injury you have experienced in the table mentioned above, there is no need to panic, as you can call us and we will shed further light on the sort of money you may receive for the injuries you have suffered from.
You may have heard the term No Win, No Fee before, as it is something that has become very popular over the last few years, and by the time you have finished reading this section you will fully understand why. Nevertheless, despite the popularity of this service, there are a lot of people that do not fully understand what No Win, No Fee means. In short, it simply means that you will only pay legal fees if your case is a success. If the solicitor in question fails to secure compensation for you, you will not have to pay the legal fees. All of our solicitors work to a No Win, No Fee payment structure here at Accident Claims UK.
There are many benefits associated with going down this route, and the most obvious is, of course, the reduction of financial risk. If you do not go for a No Win, No Fee personal injury solicitor, there is always the chance that you will spend extortionate sums of money on legal fees, only for your case to be unsuccessful, meaning you will be massively out of pocket. This is something you don’t need to worry about when going for a No Win, No Fee lawyer.
The nature of this payment structure leads to other benefits as well. For instance, you can expect much better service when going down this route, as the lawyer in question is going to do everything they can do to ensure the case is a success, as they certainly will not want to miss out on the legal fees. Not only this, but you can be sure that the lawyer will only take on your case if they genuinely think there is a chance of it winning – they won’t waste your time.
We are going to reveal all of the reasons why our accident lawyers will give you the best chance of securing compensation when contrasted with those working for other companies.
No Win, No Fee– There is only one place to begin and this is with the fact that all of our accident lawyers work on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your case is not a success. This reduces the risk significantly. If you were to go for the services of a solicitor working for another company, you could end up spending huge sums of money, only to discover that the solicitor has not been successful in securing compensation. This is a risk that a lot of people cannot afford to take, however, you need not worry when using the services of one of our solicitors.
Better quality– You can be assured of a high-quality service when using an Accident Claims UK personal injury lawyer. This is not something we simply expect you to believe. When you consider the fact that our panel’s earnings are performance-related and based on the outcome of your case, you can see that they are going to do all they can to secure compensation for you. Can you be sure that this will happen if you go for someone that has already received their payment and thus the outcome does not matter to them?
Peace of mind– If you are still feeling unsure, all you have to do is take a look at the reviews on our site. You will be able to see what previous customers have had to say about working with our solicitors and we are sure this will put your mind at ease.
If you have any further questions about our team of lawyers, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
At Accident Claims UK, we are only ever a phone call away if you would like to begin your claim or you are searching for more information about dangerous machinery at work injury claims. If you have questions, no matter whether you would like a work equipment risk assessment example or a machine hazards list, just give us a call.
The number you need is 0800 073 8801. This line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are other ways to get in touch too, as you can discover via our contact page. We also have a live chat facility on our website in the bottom left-hand corner or you can request a free call back on our homepage.
If you require more information on claims relating to dangerous equipment in the workplace, you may find the following links helpful.
Information about Work Equipment from the HSE: This link takes you to the HSE website for the UK Government where you will find guidance and information regarding work equipment.
Safety concerning machinery – HSE: This is another useful post from HSE on why machinery safety is important.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Stress at Work?: Are you suffering from stress because of work? You could be compensated. Read our guide to find out more.
How Much Compensation Could I Claim for a Shoulder Injury?: Did your shoulder get injured by the machinery? Read more about claiming for that specific injury.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Knee Injury?: If an incident with machinery led to your knee injury, have a look at our guide.
Dangerous Machinery at Work FAQs
What are the hazards of working around machinery?
Moving parts, electricity, heat, cold, noise vibration, and other hazards of dangerous machinery can lead to injury. If the injury was caused due to poor maintenance or lack of guards, you could make a claim.
What is the number 1 cause of workplace accidents?
According to HSE, slips trips and falls are the most common sources of workplace injuries.
Thank you for reading our guide to dangerous machinery at work.