Many jobs require the worker to use equipment of some kind. This could be a computer, an industrial oven, a drill or anything in-between. The variety of jobs available today means there is an equal variety of equipment that might be required to be used by workers in those jobs.
However, every piece of equipment has one thing in common – and it is the most important thing of all. Everything must be perfectly safe to use at all times. This means there is a need for pieces of equipment to be maintained regularly, and to be inspected before each use. Other elements such as safety guards and emergency cut-out switches may also be necessary, depending on the equipment being used.
Equipment – helpful or dangerous?
Many items of equipment are provided to make a job easier to complete. For example, a baker needs an industrial oven to ensure they can bake large batches of loaves and cakes in a short amount of time. Without it, they wouldn’t be able to do their job properly. Similarly, a factory needs conveyor belts and machines that attach lids to jars. Doing all this by hand would take far longer and hit profits as a result.
Most pieces of equipment will be safe to use. The majority of employers do everything they can to ensure everything is maintained and is always checked and safe. However, if they do not do this, it puts the workers who use that machinery at risk.
Have you discovered the consequences of using unsafe equipment?
The consequences can indeed be serious. People have lost fingers, hands and worse in machinery that has been devoid of safety guards, for example. Others have been burned through overheating equipment, while some have received electric shocks due to a faulty cable or wire.
These are just examples, but they do show how badly things can go wrong when you are using equipment that is not fit for purpose. To learn more about this, and to see whether a compensation claim could be a good idea, you should consider calling Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. This is our free enquiry line, and it is open to anyone who may need to use it to find out more about injuries they have suffered through using unsafe equipment. Isn’t it about time you found out more about your situation?
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead