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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

    Hazards in the workplace: overloaded sockets


    When you consider accidents at work, it is likely that slips and falls come to mind, or industrial-related injuries caused by heavy-duty machinery. Yet, sometimes some of the simplest of hazards in the workplace can cause work-related injury or illness, such as overloaded power points.

    Problems caused by overloaded sockets

    A power point overload occurs when you exceed the maximum amperage of an electrical circuit, or, in laymen’s terms, when you put too many plugs into sockets.

    When you overload sockets, you are in danger of the power point overheating and causing a fire, which can cause occupational injuries and illness such as burns, respiratory problems and death.

    Overloading sockets: Preventing electrical fires

    To reduce hazards in the workplace and prevent electrical fires caused by overloaded power points:

    • Restrict the current from all appliances using the adapter to 13 amps or 3,000 watts of power
    • Only use one extension/adapter per socket
    • Do not use adapters on adapters
    • Use lead adapters rather than socket-block adapters
    • Replace standard lead adapters with switch lead adapters which enable you to turn off each appliance individually to minimise current flow

    Is your employer responsible for your accident at work?

    It is a legal obligation for your employer to ensure your health and safety while at work to minimise the risk of workplace injury and illness as a consequence of work-related tasks.

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    When you sustain an injury or illness due to employer negligence, they have failed in their legal duty of care, and therefore can be held liable for the harm and distress you have endured.

    Work-related personal injury claims can be complex, and it is always advisable to seek legal assistance from a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience assisting victims of work-related injury fight for the compensation they deserve for the harm they have suffered.

    In most cases, our claimants need not attend court, as many cases can be handled over the phone with Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team of specialists and solicitors.

    Working on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee** basis, if you have experienced an accident at work in the last three years and believe you are entitled to personal injury compensation, you can recuperate at home knowing your case is in the best legal hands, with no financial risk to worry about.

    Call today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation regarding your work-related compensation claim, and to determine whether or not you have a case worth pursuing.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

    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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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.