Crush InjuryCrushed your finger or arm in an accident at work? Call 0800 122 3130
Mercury Legal’s accident solicitors will be able to help you with your crush injury claim. whether you have crushed your fingers at work or was injured after a crush in a crowd, Mercury Legal will be able to help. All of our accident claims are run on a No Win No Fee basis and it will not cost you anything to make a claim for compensation with Mercury Legal Online. If you’re suffering from a crush injury, then make a claim with Mercury Legal online on 0800 122 3130 or request a call back for a no obligation chat about your injuries.
How do crush injuries happen at work?
According to the HSE there were 322 reported crush injuries reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). A quarter of the injuries reported to the HSE were major or severe injuries caused by being crushed whilst working on construction sites, operating machinery or whilst working in warehousing.
Although 322 injuries does not sound many, it is believed that many more injuries at work are not unreported as they may seen to be minor. However, accidents such as crushing your fingers in a door at work may seem minor, could develop and result in a more severe injury or amputation.
There are many situations that crush injuries may occur at work. Some include:
- Crushing fingers in doors
- Trapping hands whilst handling heavy objects
- Operating or servicing machinery
- Whilst working with livestock
- Or whilst working in a forklift
Many crush injuries occur when a forklift can pin someone up against a wall or object, when a load could be dropped on to an employee or if someone was run over in tight gangways. Forklifts could also topple over trapping their drivers or collide with other forklifts or other equipment such as racks or lockers.
Severe and often fatal accidents can occur whilst operating machinery. Accidents often happen when workers operate machinery without guards or after they’ve tried to free materials trapped within the machine’s moving parts. Workers operating machinery or employees servicing heavy equipment must be provided with adequate training.
Crushed whilst moving heavy object
Crush injuries are common place in manual handling accidents. Employee’s fingers may get caught under heavy objects whilst moving them or they may fall from a low height onto their feet whilst carrying them. An employee has an obligation to provide their employees with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) such as steel toe capped boots, cranes and lifts, and heavy duty gloves.
How do I know if my crush injury is severe?
Crush injuries affect both internal and external parts of the body. Although you may feel that your injuries are minor, you should seek medical attention immediately following a crush injury.
People with serious crush injuries suffer from:
- Broken bones – particularly smash fractures and compound fractures
- Compartment syndrome – affecting the blood flow to nerves and muscles
- Head and brain injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crush injury at work, then you may have claim for compensation. You have a right to compensation following an accident at work, so speak to our claims team today on 0800 122 3130. They will put you in touch with a solicitor who will be able to talk to you about making a No Win, No Fee claim for compensation.
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