Protecting your health & safety at work is paramount and it’s important to know the obligations of your employer when it comes to potential hazards in the workplace. Using a power tool can result in a number of serious injuries if used incorrectly and it’s important to be well-trained in the correct usage of any tools or machinery in your workplace. Whilst it is critical to your well-being to be trained in correct usage of power tools, are you still obliged to use a power tool at work without the relevant training?
The duty of care
Your employer has a legal duty of care to safeguard your well-being in the workplace. A breach of this legal duty of care could result in serious injury to you and others in your workplace. As a result, extensive legislation and guidelines have been published to clarify the obligations of employers and employees across the entire spectrum of employment.
Employers’ obligations for training in the use of power tools
Your employer must ensure that you have received adequate training in the correct usage of a power tool to prevent accidents at work and ensure your health and safety. Your employer must also ensure that this training extends to managerial and supervisory staff. This means that you are not obliged to use a power tool for which you haven’t received adequate training. These protections however, do not extend to the self-employed.
What does adequate training mean?
It’s difficult to put an exact definition on what constitutes adequate training as this will depend highly on your work environment and the tools which are used. Adequate training may consist of an informal in-house training course or being sent on a specialist external training course. Some power tools require a national certificate of competence before you are permitted to use them in the course of your work, such as a chainsaw.
Getting compensation for an accident at work
Have you been injured at work as the result of inadequate training and you weren’t to blame? You could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. By contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can start the claim process today and be reassured in the knowledge that your claim is in the hands of one the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown