Digger Accident Claim *
Accidents involving a digger * can be fatal and can cause serious injuries *. These types of accidents mainly involve construction workers and can be caused by some form of employer liability where they have failed to show a reasonable duty of care to their employees. If you have been involved in a digger accident * and want to discuss the process of a personal injury claim *, based on the fact that the accident was caused by employer negligence, then you must first be able to show that they failed to provide an adequate duty of care to their staff.
Every employer must ensure that they provide a safe place to work and conform to the health and safety regulations that are in place. When employing any staff member they should provide the necessary training and carry out frequent risk assessments so that they can eliminate any hazards from the work environment. It is also the responsibility of the employee who will be working with the digger to take part in any training that they will need to carry out their job correctly and safely. They will also need to ensure that they are using the machinery in a safe way.
The most common digger accidents * are caused by a lack of training and using the machinery in an unsafe manner. These accidents can, in some cases, lead to a fatality. Some common injuries include;
- Crushing injuries, including broken bones and fractures
- Head and brain injuries
- Internal damage
Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment and are not exposed to risks of injury. Common causes of accidents have been noted to be:
- Lack of training – What training has the digger operator been given? have they been given the necessary training to carry out their role? As well as the operator themselves, the people working around a digger must also be given training about working around the digger.
- Overloading diggers – If the digger has been overloaded, then it could lead to an accident.
- Safety notices on the digger – signage and safety notices must be present on and inside the digger to prompt the operator to stay safe while in operation
- Misuse of machinery – Employee can also be at fault depending on how they use the digger and the how they manoeuvre the vehicle
- Unsafe working practices
- Failing to carry out safety assessments – all diggers must be inspected regularly to ensure that the vehicle and equipment used is not faulty. Records of inspects should be kept to prove these inspections occurred.
- Faulty equipment – have any defects from safety inspections been noted and rectified before use. Defect rectification should be noted to prove the safety of the machine.
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