Lathe Injury Claim *
A lathe is a tool which can be used to shape wood, metal or other materials. It rotates the material being used against cutting tools. Lathes are one of the most dangerous industrial tools which are used in the industry and they are a common cause of many workplace injuries and accidents *. There are many factors which can lead to injuries being sustained as a result of using a lathe. It is important that if you have sustained an injury while at work that you report this to your manager as soon as possible so they there can be precautions put in place to reduce the risk of an accident occurring again. If it is found that your employer has acted in a negligent manner they may be found liable for your injuries. It is important that you are aware of the health and safety regulations which are in place so you can determine if there has been a breach of the duty of care.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
These regulations cover a wide range of topics, including the use of equipment and machinery in the workplace *. These regulations state that the employer is responsible for ensuring that any equipment that is provided to employees at work complies with the standards which are in place. It is an employer’s duty to ensure that all equipment is kept in a good working condition and it should also be replaced regularly to reduce the risk of wear and tear leading to an accident. There is also some other information set out in these regulations in relation to the use of equipment in the workplace.
Selecting Work Equipment
When selecting work equipment, employers should take into account the type of work which is to be carried out. They should also consider the working conditions and any potential hazards that could be an issue if certain equipment was to be used. This will help to reduce the risk of an accident occurring as the correct equipment will be selected.
Work to be carried out
Any equipment that is required for a particular job should be located in a safe place that is suitable for the working environment. This allows employees to use this equipment without a risk to their health and safety
Appropriate measures and procedures
These regulations state that if it is not possible to completely eliminate the chance of an accident occurring, there should be appropriate measures in place which can minimise this risk. All employees should be made aware of this prior to carrying out the work.
Restriction of Use
If a particular piece of equipment involves a certain risk its use should be restricted to those who are fully trained on how to use the equipment and only by those who are required to use the item. Any repairs that need to be carried out should be completed by a competent person who is capable of doing this in a safe manner.
Common Injuries *
- Crushing injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Breaks and fractures
- Injury to the eyes and face
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Lack of training
- Inadequate protective equipment
- Faulty or broken equipment
- Electrical Hazards
How to prevent Lathe Accidents in the Workplace *
All employees should be trained on how to correctly use a lathe as this will help to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. They should be made aware of how to correctly turn on and off the equipment as this is one of the most common times for injuries to be sustained. In employees are correctly trained, the risk of accident * is reduced.
An employer who has failed to provide the correct training is likely to be found liable for injuries in the workplace. A breach of their duty of care could mean that health and safety are put at risk as a result of this negligent behaviour.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
It is important that employees in any industry are provided with the correct protective equipment prior to carrying out a job. This equipment includes clothing, footwear, hats, glasses, facial protection and gloves. This can greatly reduce the chance of an injury being sustained. Once the employer as provided this PPE it is up to the employee to ensure that they wear this throughout the course of their work. This PPE is very important while using a lathe due to the moving parts which could lead to long-term injuries.
All equipment and machinery used in the workplace should be maintained to a high standard. They should always be kept clean of dust and debris and there should be frequent maintenance checks carried out to ensure that they are in working order. Any repairs that are needed should be carried out by a competent person who has the necessary skills. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that maintenance is carried out but if the employee notices any issues with any piece of equipment or machinery, they are required to report this to their manager.
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If you have sustained an injury following an accident involving a lathe * and would like to find out more information, feel free to contact our injury solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
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