Many workplaces will have a small kitchen employees can use. You’ll usually find a kettle, a small fridge and maybe even a microwave in there for people to use throughout the day. You’ll find these items along with many other appliances in the home too. However, you wouldn’t expect to suffer faulty electrical appliance injuries in either situation.
We all know it is important to read the instructions for any new appliance we might get or have to use. However, there are situations where we can do this and we might still potentially be injured because there is a problem with the appliance itself. Sometimes it is easy to see when an appliance is damaged or faulty. For example the door of a microwave may not shut properly, which would make it unsafe to use. In fact you would probably be unable to use it in this instance. However, in other situations you may have no idea an appliance is potentially dangerous.
How to avoid using potentially faulty appliances
It isn’t always easy to identify appliances that could be potentially dangerous, as we have seen here. However, there are steps that can be taken to make things slightly easier. For example your employer should make regular checks on the items and have them approved for use. Electrical checks should be done annually – these are called PAT tests (portable appliance testing).
Checks should not be limited to this. Everyone should be aware of the potential dangers involved here, and as such there should be more visual checks made on a regular basis too. Things like frayed wires and cables and other obvious dangers can be dealt with and the appliance can be put out of action for a while until it is fixed.
Staying safe when at home or at work
You don’t want to suffer faulty electrical appliance injuries – that goes without saying. As such it makes sense to be aware of the potential hazards as much as you possibly can. The more you can do to protect yourself the better.
If it is already too late and you’ve been injured because someone else was negligent, or because the manufacturer of the appliance did not construct it properly, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now. We may be able to support a no win, no fee** claim to seek some valuable compensation.
Category: Electric shock injury claims