Workers in many industries are provided with personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, to reduce the risk of accidents at work and protect employees from work injuries. When you go to work, you have a right to feel safe and if your employer does not provide you with the relevant equipment or the workplace does not meet health and safety standards, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
What is personal protective equipment?
PPE stands for personal protective equipment and is an umbrella term which is used to describe items that are given to workers to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related injuries. Examples of PPE include:
- safety helmets
- protective outerwear, such as jackets
- high visibility clothing
- protective footwear
- masks and goggles
- ear defenders
- safety harnesses
Why is PPE so important?
In many industries, such as construction, engineering, manufacturing and agriculture, there is a high risk of accidents and PPE helps to reduce the number of cases of work-related illness and injury.
Without PPE, workers are much more likely to be involved in accidents and sustain injuries, which could potentially be very dangerous.
Reducing the risk of injuries by using PPE
In order for PPE to be useful, it must be used correctly and checked on a regular basis to ensure that it is fit for purpose. It is important that PPE is used in line with health and safety regulations and members of the workforce have the relevant training to use equipment safely and effectively.
Any problems, such as deterioration of an item or a faulty product, should be reported to the management and addressed swiftly.
Can I claim for a work accident?
If you’ve been injured at work in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have a case for work accident compensation. If you can prove that you were not to blame and the incident happened within the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline, or visit our website to take the 30-second eligibility test.
If the accident occurred as a result of failure to comply with health and safety regulations or you were using a faulty product or damaged machinery, our expert team of personal injury lawyers could help you to get you the work injury compensation you deserve with minimal hassle or stress. Call us today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for more information.