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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

    How not to complete electrical tasks around the home


    Completing electrical tasks at home carries many risks, including injury by electrocution or burns from accidental contact with live components; injury by fire from faulty electrical installations or equipment injury by explosions caused by unsuitable electrical appliances or ignition of flammable vapours (spray paint, heater fuels, etc) by static electricity. Electrocution may also cause injuries by falling from ladders.

    Preventing mishaps

    In order to prevent personal injuries, it is vital to perform visual checks of appliances, plugs and cables before using them and never using:

    • Damaged or faulty electrical appliances
    • Appliances that are not suitable for intended tasks
    • Appliances in wet surroundings unless they are protected by correctly rated circuit breakers, isolators, etc
    • Appliances with damaged plugs or cables

    It is also important not to:

    • Overload sockets with multiple adaptors without fuses
    • Attempt repairs on electrical appliances without the necessary know-how

    If you do decide to undertake a repair yourself, prevent accidental injuries by not:

    • Leaving appliances plugged in during repairs
    • Poke around inside appliances with knives and other unsuitable tools
    • Replace internal fuses with bits of wire
    • Repair cables loosely with tape
    • Leave plugged in, open appliances lying around
    • Undertake repairs or operate appliances with wet hands

    Faults on older electrical equipment can often be recognised by burn stains or marks; bits of dangling tape or visible internal wires. With new appliances, this is rarely the case.

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    When new equipment is faulty

    If recently purchased faulty electrical appliances result in injuries by electrocution, fire or explosions, you may be entitled to claim compensation. To be eligible for personal injury compensation, you must provide evidence proving that your injury and any damages (caused by fire, explosion or flooding in case of a faulty washing machine or dishwasher, for instance) you may wish to claim for were caused by faulty equipment, as opposed to misuse thereof.

    Possible evidence

    Witness statements and contact details; photographs of your injuries and the area affected; medical reports showing the extent of your injury and treatments; receipts for the equipment and necessary expenses to put things right again all count as evidence to support claims. This also applies for injuries sustained through slips, trips and falls.

    How to claim

    You can get confidential, obligation-free advice and enlist the help of skilled Accident Advice Helpline solicitors by calling the company’s freephone number or filling in the compensation calculator on the firm’s website.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: SM Content

    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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