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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

    Personal protective equipment for different jobs

    Different jobs pose different risks. Employers are required by law to prevent accidents at work and work-related illness by providing suitable personal protective equipment for the various risks you may be exposed to.

    Types of personal protective equipment

    In a working environment where excessive noise may cause temporary or permanent hearing loss, for instance, personal protective equipment should consist of ear protectors. Depending on the level of noise, you may require ear plugs or full, head-phone like protectors.

    For jobs involving a lot of dust or potentially harmful gases or fumes, dust masks or breathing apparatus may be required, while anyone exposed to the risk of being injured by sparks or flying debris, such as welders, should be provided with suitable safety goggles or face masks.

    Other jobs may necessitate the provision of:

    • protective gloves
    • footwear or other protective clothing
    • safety harnesses to help prevent falls from height
    • hard hats to prevent injury by falling objects
    • high-visibility clothing to prevent you being hit by a vehicle, for example

    Use of personal protective equipment

    In addition to providing this equipment in various sizes in order to ensure workers of different sizes are protected by correctly fitted equipment, employers must also make sure that training in the correct use of such equipment is provided.

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    Ill-fitting breathing apparatus, for instance, would do little to protect you when working with or being exposed to toxic gas in case of a workplace accident. Not knowing how to use this kind of equipment properly would equally reduce your chances of surviving such an accident at work unscathed.

    Lack of equipment

    If you were injured at work because you were not provided with suitable, correctly fitted protective equipment or inadequately trained in the use of provided equipment, you could qualify for industrial injury compensation.

    Developing a work-related condition due to exposure to harmful substances because you were not adequately protected may equally entitle you to make a work injury claim.

    Claiming compensation

    Established over 15 years ago, Accident Advice Helpline specialises in work injury compensation. Our in-house no-win, no-fee* lawyers boast an impressive success record and have all the skills and experience necessary to ensure you get the compensation owed to you.

    Enlist our help by using your landline or mobile phone to call our confidential, no-obligation freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 now.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice


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