Log Splitter Accident Claim *
A log splitter is a piece of machinery which is used for splitting firewood and logs. In recent years, there have been a number of injuries which were sustained by this piece of equipment. Many of these accidents are caused by lack of knowledge and training. It is important that dangerous machinery is only used by those who are aware of how to correctly use the equipment so as to prevent an injury from being sustained. Prior to using this piece of machinery it is important to ensure that it complies with regulations in relation to the safety of the equipment.This equipment can be used in any environment but is more commonly seen in the workplace.
Who is Liable?
An important part of the process of making a personal injuries claim * is determining who is liable for the cause of the accident and injuries. This will vary depending on the circumstances in which the injuries were sustained. If your injuries were sustained while at work then it is likely that your employer will be seen as liable for failing to ensure the health and safety of their employees. They are required to manage activities in a way which prioritises health and safety and should ensure that all employees have received the necessary training prior to commencing their work.
As log splitter accidents * are more commonly associated with the workplace it can often be difficult to determine liability outside of this. Other than the workplace, wood splitters are not generally used in other environments and are not very commonly used in the home.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
These regulations outline the duties of an employer when it comes to the use of work equipment. This includes;
- Ensuring that all equipment complies with safety regulations
- Ensuring that equipment is suitable for the work being carried out
- Ensuring that there is sufficient space provided for the use of this equipment
- Taking working conditions into account when choosing machinery and equipment
- Ensuring that all equipment displays the risks associated with its use so as to inform employees
Failing to follow these regulations can result in injuries being sustained. If work equipment does not meet health and safety standards then the risk of an accident occurring becomes higher and the machinery may be unsafe for use. The health and safety of employees should be a priority at all times throughout the course of their work.
- Breaks and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Degloving Injuries * ( This is where the skin becomes detached from the underlying tissue. This can lead to the blood supply in the injured area being cut off.)
- Head injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Injuries to the legs and feet
Causes of Log Splitter Accidents
Lack of training
The leading cause of many workplace accidents * is lack of training. All employees should be provided with the necessary training prior to carrying out their work so as to avoid the risk of an injury being sustained. If employees are trained in their field of work they will be aware of the risks associated with their work and also preventative measures which can help to reduce the risk of an accident occurring. Employers are required to provide employees with this training but it is the responsibility of the employee to ensure that they attend all training that is provided to them.
Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE is required in all workplaces to ensure that injuries are not sustained during the course of work. This equipment includes clothing, footwear, glasses, hats, gloves and facial protection. Failure to wear this PPE increases the chances of an injury being sustained.
Prior to use, all equipment should be inspected to ensure that it is in a good working condition and does not carry any risk of an accident or injury. If equipment is faulty or defective in any way it can lead to an accident occurring which can result in injuries being sustained. If equipment does not meet health and safety regulations it should be replaced or repaired to ensure that it is safe to use for the intended work.
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If you would like more information on any aspect of this topic or the process involved in making a claim for a log splitter accident *, feel free to contact our solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
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