Overheated battery chargers can have several consequences. These include, but are not limited to:
- Interior components may be damaged by excessive heat, causing the equipment to stop functioning.
- If a component reaches ‘flash point’, the point at which it is likely to burst into flames, the equipment may start a fire or explode.
- If overheated battery chargers get very hot, nearby materials, such as papers, curtains, other combustible materials, may be heated to flash point, again causing a fire.
This makes it clear that overheated battery chargers can start fires.
Overheated battery chargers at work
While fires started by overheated battery chargers are thankfully comparatively rare, many fires in working environments are caused by overheating, or otherwise faulty machinery and electronic equipment.
Duty of care
Health and safety rules and laws mean that employers have a duty of care towards their employees. As such, they are required to prevent accidents at work by ensuring all equipment, from heavy machinery to office computers and kettles is:
- Maintained in good working order
- Checked regularly for electrical safety
- Repaired or replaced immediately, as and when required
Repairs on machinery, electronic and electrical equipment must always be carried out by competent, qualified personnel to ensure inadequate or improper repairs do not result in injuries at work.
If poor maintenance or inadequate repairs cause a workplace accident and you are injured as a result, your employer may be held liable to compensate you for the pain and suffering your work injury has caused you.
We, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you get the work injury compensation you are entitled to.
Our nationwide team of legal professionals is highly skilled and has an impeccable track record in securing industrial injury compensation for workers injured at work through no fault of their own.
Drawing on over 15 years’ experience in the work injury claim sector, our solicitors can deal with many of the processes involved in claiming for compensation over the phone and often manage to negotiate satisfactory settlements before claims ever reach courts.
In any case, the no-win, no-fee* lawyer assigned to your case will have the necessary skills and experience to quickly and effectively bring your claim to a conclusion.
Call us on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, today to get your claim process started.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice