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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Are generators safe to use?


    Whether generators are safe to use depends largely on how and where they are used.

    Are generators safe on constructions sites?

    Generators on construction sites, for instance, are safe enough to use as long as they are:

    • Properly maintained and in good, safe working order
    • Set up on impermeable surfaces, on a drip tray or a hard standing surface, for instance, well away from watercourses and drains

    Accidents at work can also be prevented by ensuring:

    • Couplings and hoses of generators fed by external tanks are protected against damage
    • No-one walks between the tank and the generator
    • There are no vehicles operating within close proximity
    • Fuel is being pulled in by the generator, rather than being pumped in, as this will stop fuel flow in case of a generator breakdown

    Construction site accidents can be further prevented by:

    • Never moving generators with built-in bunds, secondary enclosures surrounding tanks or fluid-handling mechanisms to contain any leaks or spills, containing fuel
    • Ensuring built-in bunds do not have holes
    • Storing fuel safely
    • Refuelling with care, using funnels
    • Making sure that containers used for transporting fuels are properly labelled, have sealed lids and do not leak
    • Emptying drip trays regularly and disposing of their contents, as well as materials so they are not caked in fuel, as special or hazardous waste
    • Ensuring electrical cables and connections are safe and properly installed to prevent injuries by electrocution
    • Wiping spills up immediately with suitable absorbent material

    Workers operating close by may also need to be provided with suitable ear protection to prevent industrial deafness. Generators should also not be used in enclosed areas, as there is a risk of asphyxiation caused by fumes.

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    Are generators safe elsewhere?

    The answer to the question ‘Are generators safe to use elsewhere?’ can also be answered with ‘Yes, as long as they are maintained and serviced regularly, used according to instructions, with care and in accordance with relevant health and safety rules and regulations.’

    When generators cause injuries

    Defective generators, improper use or inadequate storage of fuel can, however, lead to generator-related accidents and subsequent injuries at work or at home.

    If you were injured by a defective generator or in a workplace accident for which someone else was responsible, you may be able to claim industrial injury compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Our freephone helpline is manned by experienced, friendly advisors who can provide you with useful information about how and when to claim and more. They can also arrange for one of our skilled in-house solicitors to be assigned to your case.

    Give them a ring now on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or on 0800 689 0500 from a landline.

    Date Published: April 6, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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