Accidents with machinery or mechanical lifting equipment UK. If you have suffered injury following an accident at work then you may wish to consider making a claim.
Here we discuss some aspects of the laws that protect workers in the course of their duties. This site is owned and managed by TO BE CONFIRMED who are a No win No fee specialist law firm
The legal duties for employers concerning the provision of machinery are covered by the Provision and Use of Work equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). These Regulations require that any equipment which is provided for use at work:
NB: An employer must always carry out a risk assessment in the form of an investigation conducted to identify whether any particular act or operation gives rise to a safety risk or hazard.
Before any item of machinery is introduced for the first time, an employer should carry out a risk assessment. The purpose of this is to identify whether there are any particular hazards associated with its use in our workplace. For example, these could involve space constraints or noise levels. If it isn’t reasonably practicable to reduce or eliminate these, then the risk assessment must describe to staff how these hazards will be dealt with, e.g. by the use of hearing protection. All risk assessment findings must be communicated to staff with additional training or team briefs.
Using cranes, lifting machinery, hoists etc. can be dangerous both for the operator and any fellow workers in the vicinity. employers are legally obliged to provide safe equipment, machinery and plant along with adequately trained co-workers. If you are using a machine you should be trained and qualified to do so.
As part of an employers duty to maintain safe systems of work, only trained employees should operate machinery. The training may take a number of different forms such as on the job training or in house workshops etc. It may well be that the employer decides to outsource the training to dedicated suppliers All records of staff training must be kept on individual employees. In addition employers must maintain a register of trained users. If you have been injured at work and require immediate accident claim assistance: To make a written enquiry – just complete the brief form below. Our team will respond to all written enquiries within 1 hour 8am-8pm. Cont.
All machinery will be subject to maintenance and inspection, as necessary, for its continued safe operation. Where appropriate, this should be carried out under a service contract by qualified professionals or experts. Records of any maintenance and routine repairs should be kept for at least three years. Any employee experiencing a problem between routine maintenance, should complete an “Unsafe Machinery/equipment Report Form and ensure the management are made aware of the problem. This assumes of course that the employee knows of their obligations to report defects.
For comprehensive information on Health & Safety in the workplace from the official government website, please visit: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/HealthAndSafetyAtWork/index.htm