Mr E decided to seek advice about a fingers injury at work claim after his accident so called to the Michael Lewin team in Leeds with his case.
Mr E suffered a very traumatic injury at work and decided he needed to get some advice about his situation. He sustained a very painful laceration to his finger whilst using some defective equipment. Mr E works with log splitters in a hazardous environment. Normally hazards are not present but in this case the log splitter was defective resulting in the very unfortunate and severe injury to his finger.
Employees can be seriously injured by way of faulty equipment which they have been given or by using defective equipment which then causes an accident. These accidents then have penalties from the employer needing to replace or re-train the member of staff who was injured to possibly paying out for rehabilitation and compensation for financial losses which the employee has suffered due to the accident.
Employers may also have to undergo an investigation and face the closure of their firm if serious negligence has resulted in a near-fatal accident on their premises. These are extreme consequences which employers rarely consider but checking equipment can prevent a great deal of heartache further down the line.
If you have had a similar incident at work and would like some impartial advice about a fingers injury at work claim then contact the Michael Lewin team in Leeds now about your case.
If defective equipment has caused an accident in the workplace and resulted in any injuries to employees all possible causes will be investigated. Service records will be checked reports of defects or problems will be examined and the frequency of inspections will be taken into account.
Employers must not only create a safe working environment but they must enforce it and ensure that it is adhered to. They are responsible for any employee who has either not been trained or is failing to follow correct safety procedures.
Any kind of cutting equipment is very dangerous to work with and in this case the accident was a result of this dangerous equipment not being maintained and serviced. All the cutting equipment needs to be regularly checked even more so in the case of such highly dangerous log splitters.
Section 9 of the HSW Act requires the employer to provide free of charge personal protective equipment or any other items for the safety of employees where it is required by law.
There is a great deal of legislation around pertaining to the legal responsibilities for employers to follow the general health and safety act of 1974 gives the basic minimum requirements and any supplementary advice will be available about more specific areas if required if heavy machinery is a requirement in the workplace. Compliance with these regulations should always be regarded as the barest minimum requirement which is expected from every employer by the courts if action was ever to be taken by an employee.
If you want to find out more about a fingers injury at work claim call the Michael Lewin team at the Leeds office about your case now on 0844 499 9302