Defective Work Equipment Claims
Injured at work as a result of defective work equipment? You may be entitled to claim financial compensation.
The term ‘work equipment’ constitutes any tool, machine or device that has been provided by the employer to assist workers in their tasks. Work equipment can include presses, kettles, welders, cement mixtures, lathes, ladders, lifts, hoists, cranes and so on.
Occupations and industries which require workers to make use of work equipment must ensure that safety inspections are carried out on a regular basis. Equipment must be maintained in good working order and risk assessments must also be carried out to identify potential risks of using them.
In addition, workers must be fully trained on how to use them and they must be provided with adequate supervision to minimise the risk of accidents.
Although there are laws and regulations in place to protect the safety of workers who are required to make use of work equipment, accidents are still a common occurrence.
These accidents generally take place when employees have to make use of defective work equipment or equipment that is outdated. Moreover, making use of work equipment without receiving adequate training can also lead to accidents, which sometimes can be fatal too.
Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, it is the duty of your employer to provide suitable work equipment. If your employer does not comply with the law and if you sustain an injury as a result, you may be eligible to make a defective work equipment claim.
In some cases, defective work equipment may also put workers at a risk of contracting industrial diseases and illnesses. For example, a machine that is emitting excessive noise may cause industrial deafness. Similarly, a machine that is leaking a dangerous substance may cause occupational asthma or dermatitis.
Making A Claim
If you have suffered any kind of injury as a result of using defective equipment at work, it is important that you seek legal advice.
Whatever the case, medical evidence is a major requirement so you must ensure that you have obtained a detailed medical report from the G.P or hospital you have visited.
It is also essential to prove that the party you are claiming against breached a duty of care which they owed towards you. In this case, it would be your employer.
In addition, you must collect details of the accident together with witness accounts to prove that someone else was responsible for your accident.
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