Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the name given to protective clothing or equipment supplied to employees to minimise the risk of injury caused by accidents at work.
In most circumstances, PPE is only used as a last resort, when there are no other ways of protecting workers from identified hazards. It should be supplied, when needed, by the employer, and should only be used when there is no other known way of preventing the possible injuries.
If you’re wearing Personal Protective Equipment and you still get injured, do you have a claim?
Many work-related personal injury compensation claims are pursued due to occupational illness or injury caused by lack of necessary PPE. But, do you still have grounds for a claim if you are wearing PPE and sustain and injury?
Inappropriate personal protective equipment
All employers have a legal duty of care to employees, meaning that they have a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety while at work to prevent occupational injuries and illness.
In relation to PPE, employers must undertake a risk assessment, recognising all workplace hazards, and take necessary measure to prevent risk of injury or illness. This is inclusive of PPE, meaning that the employer should provide correct, task-appropriate equipment to the employee as required.
Wearing inappropriate PPE is ineffective and does not provide adequate protection from risk of injury and/or illness. Therefore, even though you are using a form of PPE, your employer has failed to meet their legal obligation and can be found liable for the harm and distress you have suffered.
Dependent on your line of work, lack of or inappropriate PPE can lead to a myriad of occupational illness or injuries, for example:
- lacerations or amputations
- head injuries, brain injuries, concussion
- industrial deafness
- respiratory issues and diseases
- occupational dermatitis
- repetitive strain injuries
Claiming for a work-related injury or illness
If you have sustained an occupational illness or injury, through no fault of your own, and believe your employer is liable, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you determine whether or not you have a case eligible to claim and whether it is likely to be successful if pursued.
With years of experience assisting victims of work-related accidents, Accident Advice Helpline operatives are the experts in their field, and offer a 100 per cent no-win no-fee** service to claimants, taking all financial risk out of the claims process.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice