The term ‘safety equipment’ is one that is often used to describe equipment some workers are given to help them remain safe while doing their work. This could be anything from steel toe-capped boots to a full hazmat suit, depending on the type of work being done and how hazardous it might be. The consequences of not using safety equipment can vary, but in some instances people have sustained injuries that would have been avoided had they worn the proper equipment.
Anything from protective gloves to goggles and aprons to face masks could be described as safety equipment. Generally speaking, the term applies to things we would wear to help us stay safe from a variety of potential hazards.
Could a lack of safety equipment harm you?
Yes, it could. Employers know this and recognise the need to provide appropriate equipment to those employees who need it. In order to do this properly, they will undertake as many risk assessments as need to be done. Upon completing these, they will have identified any potential risks and will be able to see which items of safety equipment would be needed.
If this is not done, and workers aren’t given the equipment they should have, they could be exposed to potential risks. For example, cuts, burns and other injuries might result. The nature of the injuries would depend on the hazard. This might be electrical, physical or chemical in nature, among other things.
Call our team now for expert advice
Perhaps you have received injuries in your workplace in the last three years that were directly attributable to a lack of proper safety equipment. The consequences of not using safety equipment may be only too apparent to you, if you are recovering from those injuries.
That is why Accident Advice Helpline can offer to step in if we believe there is a good argument to start a no win, no fee compensation claim. If you call 0800 689 0500, you stand a chance of receiving help from one of our professional injury compensation lawyers. If this is the case, your claim will be dealt with at no financial risk to you. You only pay solicitors’ fees should your case reach a successful conclusion. To learn more, just get in touch by calling now, or by using the free 30-second test we have created.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead