According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 27 million working days are lost each year to injuries caused by accidents at work and work-related illness. In order to protect employees, employers are often required to provide equipment to reduce risk of injury at work.
If you’ve been injured at work as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.
Equipment to reduce risk of injury at work
Employers in the UK are required to adhere to stringent health and safety measures to minimise the risk of work-related illness and work accidents. In some cases, they may provide equipment to reduce risk of injury at work. Examples include:
- Protective helmets and overall
- Masks and goggles
- Ear defenders
- Ergonomic desks and chairs
- Hardwearing boots or specialist footwear
- Lifting equipment, such as trolleys and hoists
What happens if my employer doesn’t provide safety equipment?
If your employer fails to provide equipment to reduce risk of injury, and you are involved in a work accident, they may be liable for your work injuries.
It is a legal requirement to provide equipment to reduce risk of injury at work. When you are not provided with the relevant equipment, you have a right to claim compensation. You may also have a valid work accident claim if the equipment you were provided with was faulty.
If you were provided with safety equipment and you failed to use it or you misused it, you would have to claim liability for your injuries. You wouldn’t be able to claim work injury compensation.
How do I go about claiming compensation?
If you’d like to claim compensation following a work injury, call Accident Advice Helpline. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury claims. We have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers on hand and we aim to eliminate all the stress from the process of claiming compensation.
Our established reputation is built on professionalism and reliability, and our firm is endorsed by Dame Esther Rantzen. The majority of our clients never have to attend court proceedings and we can carry out most consultations over the telephone.
To find out if you have a viable work injury claim, take our online 30-second eligibility test or call our helpful advisors now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice