Angle Grinding Accident Claim *
Angle grinder accidents * can occur in cases where an inexperienced or untrained person is using this told cut/polish stone, concrete and metal. This handheld tool is powered via compressed air or via a motor and is used in many industries such as welding, farming and vehicle repairs. If used incorrectly, angle grinders can cause various injuries, ranging in severity. In some cases, these work-related accidents can lead to fatalities. This type of injury falls into the category of accidents at work * and in cases where an employee is not provided with proper training or the relevant safety gear, the employer may be held liable for the accident.
Who is Liable?
When making an accident at work claim it is important to determine who is liable for the cause of the accident and the injuries you have sustained. In many cases, it may be found to be either the employer or employee. Many workplace accidents * are caused by either negligent behaviour or a breach in duty of care.
All employers have a duty of care to their employers to ensure that their health and safety is a priority throughout the course of their work. They have a responsibility to carry out frequent risk assessments in order to identify and eliminate potential hazards which could lead to an accident. They also have certain duties which should be carried out to help prevent accidents in the workplace. These duties are outlined in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and include;
- Managing activities in a way which prioritises health and safety
- Providing adequate training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Ensuring that the workplace is practical for the work that is to be carried out
A breach in following these duties could potentially lead to the cause of an accident which they will be found liable for. In many cases, claims made following an accident at work * are made against an employer for reason of negligence.
Workplace accidents * can also be caused by employees who have failed to co-operate with the regulations in place and acted in a negligent manner. If it is found that they have failed to show a reasonable duty of care following an accident, then they may be found liable for the accident and any claim made against their employer may be unsuccessful. Employees also have certain duties which should be carried out to ensure the health and safety of both themselves and their co-workers.
- Co-operating with their employer in following regulations in place
- Attending any training that is provided to them
- Report any problems or defects which they come across during the course of their work
It is important to note that if it is found that you have contributed to the cause of your accident, through contributory negligence, you may not be entitled to make a claim.
- Cuts and lacerations
- Face and eye injuries
- Breaks and fractures
- Industrial diseases caused by overexposure to hazardous chemicals and materials
Lack of training
All employees should be provided with adequate training prior to undertaking their work. This helps to prevent accidents in the workplace * and make it easier for their work to be carried out correctly and in a safe manner. This can also help to prevent accidents as people will be more aware of what is expected of them. Workplace machinery that is used by an untrained employee could lead to long-term injuries.
Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
An employer has a responsibility to ensure that their employees are provided with the correct protective equipment in order to carry out their job. This includes footwear, gloves, clothing, hats, goggles and facial masks. Failing to provide this is a common cause of accidents and injuries. This can leave people more at risk of sustaining an injury as they do not have the added protection level that is required when using dangerous machinery and equipment.
Equipment and machinery that is used in the workplace should be maintained to a high standard at all times. Over time as the machinery is used on a more regular basis, it is likely that there will be some wear and tear. If this is not repaired and maintained it is likely to lead to an injury being sustained by an employee. Faulty equipment could also be a potential risk as it will not work as it is supposed to. This is generally as a result of negligence or a fault on behalf of the manufacturer.
Safety guards should be fitted on all equipment and machinery in the workplace to avoid an accident such as fingers becoming trapped or degloving injuries. Failing to provide and equip these guards can lead to serious injuries being sustained. It is important that these guards are checked regularly to ensure that they are not broken and still can be used for the purpose intended.
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If you are considering making a claim for an angle grinding accident * or would like to find out more information on the claims process involved, feel free to contact our solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email email@example.com.
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