Unsafe electrical equipment at work could lead to work injuries including burns and injury by electrocution. Employees should therefore help to prevent possible accidents at work by carrying out visual checks on equipment they are about to use. Knowing the potential signs of unsafe equipment to look out for obviously goes a long way towards identifying possible risks and preventing work accidents.
Signs of unsafe equipment
The three main signs of unsafe equipment you should look out for when visually checking your equipment include:
- Damaged connectors or plugs.
- Loose or visible internal wires on leads, frayed or otherwise damaged leads, or leads that have been repaired sloppily with tape.
- Stains or burn marks suggesting overheating.
Should any of these signs be present, it is imperative to immediately remove the equipment in question from use. Report the suspected fault or damage to the relevant authority within your company.
According to the Health & Safety Executive, UK law places the responsibility for employees’ health and safety onto employers, in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This includes preventing employees being injured by electrocution, fire or explosions by:
- Having electrical equipment and appliances checked regularly
- Maintaining equipment and appliances in good working order
It also includes responding to reports of signs of unsafe equipment by either replacing such equipment or having it checked and repaired by a trained, competent person. This would typically be an electrician or electronics engineer.
Breach of duty
If your employer fails to take this responsibility seriously and you are subsequently injured at work, your employer is in breach of his duty of care and you may be entitled to make a claim for industrial injury compensation.
Why you should claim
Claiming for work injury compensation is not just about getting compensated for the pain and suffering your workplace accident has caused you. It assists you with the financial difficulties you may be experiencing as a result of your work injury.
It also helps to prevent similar accidents happening in the future, by making your employer more aware of potential risks and his duty to minimise them.
Maximising your chance of success
Maximise your chance of making a successful work injury claim by enlisting the help of one of our experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitors today.
Give us a call now on our 24/7 helpline. The freephone numbers to call are 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice