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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."

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    What to do when protective clothing fails


    Various day-to-day activities require you to wear protective clothing. This can range from clothing worn whilst travelling to work, to safety equipment to be worn on the job. Helmets, masks, glasses, gloves and sturdy boots are all types of protective clothing. When you protective clothing fails this could result in illness, causing serious long-term injuries. With construction workers, they are often exposed to dangerous conditions from their working materials. If you have experienced injury when protective clothing fails or was faulty you may be eligible for personal injury compensation.

    At Accident Advice Helpline, we strive to eradicate any needless errors which result in personal injury but we are aware, having been working as personal injury claims specialists for over 16 years, that human error is inevitable. That being said, protective clothing failure can be avoided and such clothing should guarantee the safety of those who wear it.

    Types of injuries you could suffer when protective clothing fails

    • Head trauma. If your helmet fails in any capacity to protect your head in a fall or if something heavy lands on your head at work, you could suffer serious head trauma which could cause brain damage or risk shortening your life.
    • Broken bones. If you are wearing padding or guards of some sort and you slip on a wet surface and your protective clothing fails, there is a high chance of you breaking a bone in your hand, arm, leg or ribs. If your employers fail to ensure that your place of work is safe and you get injured in the process, you can claim compensation for any injuries you might suffer.
    • Some jobs operate in extremely noisy conditions like chainsaw operators and if employees aren’t provided with hearing protection they run the risk of damaging their eardrums.
    • All workers who run the risk of industrial illness need to wear protective clothing. If this fails it could result in lung cancer or respiratory diseases.

    Have you been injured at work due to your employer’s negligence?

    If your employer has failed to provide you with the correct protective gear or safe working conditions, you may have suffered terrible injuries and would like to claim compensation as a result. Call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss your claim with a friendly and helpful advisor. Alternatively, you can take a 30-second test to determine if you’re eligible for compensation.

    Date Published: February 20, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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