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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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    Can I claim for an equipment failure injury?


    Equipment failure or faulty equipment is the cause of many work-related accidents across all industries in the United Kingdom. If you have been injured and are asking yourself, “Can I claim for an equipment failure injury?” Accident Advice Helpline will be able to assist you. Our well-trained and friendly staff at our legal helpline will assess your situation and advise you on the best way forward.

    What constitutes work equipment?

    Work equipment varies tremendously as it includes any machinery, tool, appliance or device used at your job. This means any equipment used, from a computer right through to heavy industrial machinery used in manufacturing. Some examples of work equipment include:

    • Electronic equipment such as computers.
    • Kitchen equipment.
    • Power tools.
    • Machinery.
    • Ladders, scaffolding and lifting equipment.
    • Vehicles – cars, trucks, forklift trucks, etc.

    Use of the work equipment includes every activity involving the equipment, whether it be transporting, starting or stopping, repairing, maintaining or cleaning.

    Providing a safe working environment

    The law states that all employees are entitled to a safe and healthy working environment. This includes making sure that equipment used for work is appropriately maintained, staff are properly trained to work on the equipment provided and that the equipment is indeed suitable for the job it is being used for. If machinery requires regular inspection to maintain this standard, this also needs to be upheld. Failure to do the above can lead to devastating and sometimes fatal injuries to workers.

    Common equipment failure injuries

    Some of the more frequent equipment failure injuries involve the following:

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    • Falls from height – often caused because the equipment is not suited for the specific job.
    • Cuts – often caused by damaged equipment and sharp edges.
    • Faulty equipment – such as a missing safety guard leading to an accident.
    • Lack of training – staff are not trained sufficiently on the dangers of working with a specific piece of machinery or how to use it safely.

    Making an equipment failure injury claim

    If your employer has failed to provide you with safe working equipment and this has resulted in you suffering an equipment failure injury, the answer to the question, “Can I make an equipment failure injury claim?” is yes. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making this claim.

    Our friendly and well-trained staff will be able to help you by explaining the complex issues surrounding a claim of this nature. Phone our free 24-hour legal helpline on 0800 689 0500 and let our team guide you through the process of making an equipment failure injury compensation claim. There is no need to worry about the cost as our solicitors all work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis.

    You can also try our quick 30-second test at the top of the page to find out how much your compensation claim might be worth. Call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to us about starting your compensation claim now. You have nothing to lose.

    Date Published: November 5, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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