An interesting news article released a while ago stated that a hospital ward had banned the use of toasters in the wards for health and safety reasons. But, was the real reason to prevent a public liability claim?
Is it against health and safety to have a toaster on a hospital ward?
The simple answer to this is no. The Health and Executive authority released a statement saying; “There are no health and safety regulations which ban the use of toasters or any other similar electrical appliance in hospitals provided they are in good working condition.”
This is understandable, after all you don’t want a faulty appliance setting a fire and burning the hospital down, causing a mass of injury claims. But as long as the toaster is in good working order then it would be unlikely that a claim for public liability compensation would be made.
How about slips, trips and falls?
One other reason why a hospital ward may have banned toasters could be the wires. After all, patients will not always be looking where they are going, especially if they are very unwell and highly medicated, and it could be easy to miss a wire on the floor thus causing a trip claim. But, if that is the case then phone chargers should be banned as well as they have wires.
If you do find that you have an accident whilst at work, home or in hospital which wasn’t your fault, or you have had one in the last 3 years, then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help make that public liability claim. Whether it is a slip, trip or fall, car accident or sport related accident then you may be entitled to compensation. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a claim, and just how much you may be eligible for. Simply take the easy 30-second compensation calculator test, or call one of the telephone advisors on the free 24/7 advice helpline and you will see how simple it can be. In fact, many injury claims can be processed over the phone and most clients can even settle their claim without going near a court.
Date Published: November 20, 2013
Author: David Brown