No matter the sector of employment, employers must always ensure that they take reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of their employees, and prevent accidents at work.
In the construction sector, you can be working with specialist equipment on a building site, which presents unique hazards to workers that can cause work-related injury and illness. With these identified as known risks to employee well-being, it makes legal sense that an employer must provide employees with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Personal protective equipment on a building site
In addition to the assumption that employers should provide personal protective equipment to employees working on building sites, there are in fact, laws surrounding the issue.
‘Every employer shall ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to his employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work except where and to the extent that such risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective.’
In simple terms, this means that if you work on a building site, your employer is required to provide PPE attire, such as boots, high-vis jackets and hard hats, depending on the nature of your role and the hazards posed to your health and safety.
What if my employer does not provide personal protective equipment on a building site?
If your employer fails to provide you with personal protective equipment on a building site, and you suffer an accident at work that causes you illness or injury, your employer can be held liable for the harm you have endured.
Personal injury compensation claims can be complex, which is why our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline works tirelessly to provide exceptional service for our clients, determining liability and your eligibility to claim.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown