Employers are required by law to take action to prevent accidents at work in as far as it is reasonably possible. This means that employers must undertake a number of risk assessments in order to identify equipment and conditions in the workplace that may be potentially hazardous.
How to detect defective equipment
In order to detect defective equipment, it is essential to have a plan in place that coordinates both the response of employees and management when it comes to defective equipment. Ensure that each employee knows the relevant personnel to turn to in the event of discovering defective equipment. In addition to this, ensure that a frequent, perhaps annual, testing of all equipment is carried out. Ensure that the equipment is in correct working condition by performing a visual inspection as well as a trial use. Consult an engineer or electrician in the case of any doubt.
What kinds of injuries can occur as the result of defective equipment?
Depending on the particular piece of equipment that is defective, the range of potential injuries that could occur as the result of defective products are almost limitless. For example, a defective floor buffing machine in a warehouse could increase the chances of a slip, trip or fall, or a defective ladder could increase the chances of suffering a fall from height. It is almost impossible to exhaustively list the range of accidents that could occur so ensuring that workplace equipment is free from defect is imperative.
Injured at work? Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury as the result of defective equipment within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. We boast many years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation. All our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee** basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. The majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to face the daunting prospect of meeting a current or previous employer in court.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice