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Machinery Accidents

Working with machinery carries risks, particularly if employers do not offer sufficient training or fail to maintain equipment properly. Although most businesses prioritise safety and maintenance, accidents can still occur due to neglect or shortcuts in equipment upkeep, or even from co-worker errors. In these circumstances, there may be grounds to bring a personal injury compensation claim.

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Accidents involving machinery in the workplace can be particularly dangerous and are often caused by one or more of the following issues:

  • Lack of Training – Insufficient training on how to properly use the machinery can lead to accidents. Workers may not be aware of all operational procedures or safety measures, increasing the risk of errors.
  • Poor Maintenance – Machinery needs regular maintenance to function safely. When machines are not properly serviced or repaired, they can malfunction, leading to accidents.
  • Improper Use – Using machinery for purposes other than what it is designed for or ignoring safety protocols can lead to dangerous situations. This includes bypassing safety features or using inappropriate methods to operate the machinery.
  • Operator Fatigue or Distraction – Fatigue can reduce a worker’s alertness and reaction time, increasing the likelihood of mistakes. Similarly, distractions can lead workers to ignore or overlook important safety practices.
  • Lack of Safety Measures – Inadequate safety measures, such as missing guards or shields on machinery, can expose workers to moving parts and other hazards.
  • Faulty or Defective Equipment – Sometimes, the machinery itself may have manufacturing defects that pose a risk to users. This could be due to design flaws or issues during the manufacturing process.
  • Inadequate Safety Culture – A workplace that does not prioritise safety and does not enforce safety standards consistently can foster an environment where machinery-related accidents are more likely.

In all these scenarios it may be possible to bring an injury compensation claim. To bring a successful claim, it will be necessary to demonstrate that those responsible for the machine’s maintenance and usage failed to adhere to health and safety regulations.

Typical types of accidents involving machinery

The most common types of accidents involving machinery include caught-in or caught-between incidents where body parts get trapped, struck-by accidents from objects ejected by machinery, electrical accidents due to faulty wiring or improper handling, and falls from working on elevated machinery or platforms. Additionally, machinery-related accidents can involve entanglements with moving parts, such as conveyor belts or rotating equipment, and incidents caused by equipment malfunction or lack of proper maintenance. These accidents often result in severe injuries or fatalities and underscore the importance of strict adherence to safety protocols and regular equipment inspections.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked in relation to this topic.

  • What are the most common forms of negligence leading to machinery accidents?

    The most common forms of negligence include inadequate training and supervision of personnel operating the machinery, failure to follow safety procedures and protocols, lack of proper maintenance and inspection of equipment, disregard for warning signs and labels, and insufficient use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, neglecting to address known hazards or failing to update machinery to meet safety standards can contribute to accidents.

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  • What are the most common injuries caused by machinery?

    Common injuries include lacerations and amputations from contact with moving parts, fractures and crush injuries from caught-in or caught-between incidents, burns from hot surfaces or materials, and electrical shocks from faulty equipment or wiring. Additionally, machinery accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries from falls or impacts, as well as hearing loss from exposure to loud noise levels. These injuries often require immediate medical attention and can lead to long-term disabilities, as well as large compensation payouts when an employer is at fault.

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  • How is the safe use of workplace machinery regulated?

    It is regulated primarily by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. This legislation places a legal duty on employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees, including providing adequate training, maintaining machinery in safe working condition, and implementing risk assessments and control measures. Compliance with these regulations is enforced by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) through inspections and enforcement actions.

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If you have sustained an injury whilst operating machinery in the workplace, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on info@mccarthy.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. If you have experienced a farm accident or sustained an injury in an agricultural setting, you can rely on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance through the claims process.

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