Appliances are a staple in the modern day age. From washing machines to ovens, we rely on so many different appliances. However, should one of these be poorly made or suffer damage for whatever reason, what is the danger of faulty appliances?
When any electrical item fails, the dangers can vary, and whether it’s an appliance in the office, in the home or on the construction site, faulty ones can have severe consequences for the user and can lead to significant, even fatal, work injuries.
While most appliances you use in the workplace should be inspected by a trained electrician, in some cases, when you are bringing the appliance from home or when they are new, they may not be completely safe – this is when you are put at risk despite most new appliances having safety switches installed.
The danger of faulty appliances is that you often can’t tell they’re damaged until when a workplace injury occurs.
How can I tell I have a faulty appliance?
There are several signs to look for in a faulty appliance. One of the more major signs that there is something wrong is if your appliance sparks or starts buzzing. If this happens turn it off straight away, unplug it and get it looked at by an electrician.
Other signs of a faulty appliance could be anything from a flickering display, strange noises or it may take longer to switch on. If in doubt, avoid using the appliance and get it checked. Alternatively, if the faulty appliance is something small such as a kettle or toaster it may be cheaper to buy a replacement.
Make a claim
If you have suffered an injury in the workplace due to a faulty appliance or for any other reason, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to assist you in making a claim for compensation. A compensation claim, especially for a workplace injury can be daunting. However, our highly skilled team of lawyers with over 15 years’ experience can alleviate any worries or any stress you may experience throughout the claim process.
If you have documentation to prove that your injury wasn’t your fault or have any inquiries as to potential compensation claims, give our 24-hour freephone helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to speak to one of our professionally trained advisors.
Date Published: February 3, 2016
Author: David Brown