Accident at Work*

Conveyor Belt Accident Claims*

A conveyor belt is used to process large quantities of items at a quick pace. They can commonly be found in warehouses, factories, supermarkets and airports. In general, conveyor belts are very safe but accidents can still happen if health and safety regulations are not met. Those using them also have a responsibility to ensure that they are using them in a safe manner.

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Employers Liability

In general, conveyor belts are used in working environments by those in factories and supermarkets. Employers have a duty of care to their staff to ensure that they keep all tools and machinery in a good working condition that is safe for their employees to use. If employers do not follow regulations accidents can happen and employers will be liable for any injuries sustained. They need to ensure that they carry out frequent maintenance checks and provide the correct training to those who will be working with them.

Common Injuries

Some of the common injuries sustained from conveyor belt accidents include:

  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Breaks and Fractures
  • Injuries to Fingers and Hands
  • Head Injuries
  • Bruising
  • Crush Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Muscle Damage
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Damage to Blood Vessels
  • Fatalities
  • Burns and Abrasions
  • Degloving Injuries – This is when the skin on your finger is pulled from the bone and nerves. This can happen if fingers get caught in the conveyor belt while it is in operation.

Causes

Common causes of conveyor belt accidents include:

  • Defective parts
  • Lack of training
  • Failing to secure moving parts
  • Failing to carry out maintenance and repairs
  • No safety guards in place
  • Failing to follow regulations
  • Overloaded
  • The speed of the belt is too fast to keep up with
  • Improperly assembled
  • Items falling from the belt
  • Repairing the belt while it is in operation

Accident Prevention

There are a number of things that can be done to prevent any conveyor belt accidents from happening. This includes;

Training

It is important that all those who will be working with or near a conveyor belt have had the correct training. This means that they will know how to use the belt properly and will know what to do if an accident occurs.

Lockout Policies

A lockout policy is used to ensure that all conveyor belts are locked at their power source when not in operation. This means that if anybody was to carry out repairs on the belt that it will be locked and an accident cannot happen. All staff members should be notified of the lockout procedure at the start of their employment.

Machine Guards

Machine guards should be put in place so as to ensure that nobody can be injured while working with a conveyor belt. Belts that are not fitted with guards put people more at risk of being injured while at work.

Maintenance

It is important that regular maintenance checks are carried out on all machinery in the workplace. Any problems should be fixed as soon as possible so as to avoid any further issues or serious accidents. Employers are required to carry out frequent risk assessment checks so that they can identify and eliminate any hazards.


What to do after an accident at work*?

Following an accident at work*, there are a number of steps you should follow:

  1. Seek medical attention

    Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after an accident at work*, take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries and seek the relevant medical attention. If you have sustained a serious injury ensure that you contact an ambulance to attend the scene.

    For minor injuries, you must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress to a more serious injury in the future. In this case it is always better to be safe than sorry and advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.

  2. Report the accident

    It is critical to report the accident to your superior, i.e. a supervisor or manager on site. It doesn’t matter how small you think the accident may be. By law, accidents at work* are required to be reported if the person is injured and can’t perform their daily work tasks for more than three days. Make sure to fill out an Accident Report Form. This can be used in reference to any medical examination and will also prevent any similar accidents that could happen in the future.

  3. Identify any witnesses

    If possible, try to collect the contact details of anybody that witnessed the accident. This may be of use if you do decide to pursue a workplace accident claim*. It is also useful to find out if there is any CCTV in the area where the accident happened.

  4. Document the incident

    It is important that you collect all the relevant information in connection with your accident:

    •  How the accident happened
    •  Details of any witnesses
    •  If there are any CCTV recordings of the accident
    • Take pictures of where the accident happened and what caused the accident
  5. Speak to a workplace accident solicitor*

    If you are considering moving forward with a workplace accident claim* for any personal injuries sustained it is advisable that you speak with a workplace accident claims solicitor* as soon as possible. If you are proceeding with a claim, the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. A workplace accident solicitor* can help you in preparing your application to the Injuries Board and ensure that you follow the process in the correct format, meaning that you can move forward with your claim quickly without unnecessary delays.

    It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also imperative to retain copies of medical reports or incident report forms where possible as you will need them when making a claim.

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How do I make a claim?

Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist workplace accident* solicitor to help you with this.

  1. Prepare information for a solicitor

    When you decide you want to move forward with your workplace accident claim* it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:

    • Date of the accident
    • Location of the accident
    • Details of who/what caused the accident
    • Specifics of what happened
    • Who did you report the accident to?
    • Is there CCTV that may have captured the accident?
    • Details of your injuries
    • Details of hospital or GP attended
    • Any pictures you may have taken of the scene of the accident and/or your injuries
  2. Solicitor becomes your trusted advisor

    As a solicitor is aware of the workplace accident claim* process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.

  3. Solicitor obtains a medical report

    One of the most important document in your case is a medical report. Your solicitor will ask for your doctor’s or Hospital details so he can obtain a report on your injuries. This report will then be used to allow us progress your case.

  4. Solicitor prepares the Injuries Board application

    As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your workplace accident claim* will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. You solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move the next steps.

    At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:

    a. If both you and your employer accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.

    b. If either you or your employer reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.

  5. Possible case outcomes

    Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.

    Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus of your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.

At Tracey’s we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your workplace accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie to tell us about your case.

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Case Settlement

If you are to proceed with a workplace accident claim* you may be entitled to claim compensation for the accident and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.

General Damages

General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following a workplace accident*.

Special Damages

Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the workplace accident*, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the accident (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages

What are the Legal Time Limits?

The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases* is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident* to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.

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