Your work equipment should meet all safety standards set out by the relevant United Kingdom regulations. If this is not the case and you were injured as a result, you could be entitled to an equipment failure injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in this matter.
A lot of jobs involve working with various forms of equipment. This includes everything from a computer, right through to heavy machinery used in the manufacturing sector. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that all the equipment meets the safety standards set out under United Kingdom law. For instance the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), generally covers all equipment used by an employee at work. This includes everything from hammers, ladders, circular saws, photocopiers, right through to dumper trucks and motor vehicles. PUWER places a duty on your employer to make sure that the following criteria are met with regards to your work equipment:
- The equipment should be right for the job.
- Only employees who are trained to use it properly should safely use the equipment.
- The equipment should be well maintained so that it remains safe to use.
In the health and social care sector, this regulation also extends to equipment that is used by employees when taking care of patients.
If you have been injured at work as a result of your employer failing to ensure that the requirements of PUWER are met, you could be entitled to an equipment failure injury claim.
Examples of equipment failure injury claims
A worker cleaning equipment at a kebab manufacturing company sustained terrible injuries to his hand. It had become trapped in the machine he was cleaning and he was unable to reach the power switch. The machine was lacking interlock or tunnel guards, which would have prevented him from reaching the stripper comb that injured his hand. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also found that employees had not been adequately trained to understand the risks and dangers that could occur when cleaning this equipment.
In another incident, a worker’s leg was crushed when a heavy vehicle chassis slipped from a forklift truck while it was being moved. An investigation revealed that the forklift truck being used did not have long enough forks to lift the 2.4m-wide chassis. The company’s failure to do a proper risk assessment coupled with a lack of sufficient training for the forklift operator led to this equipment failure injury. If the appropriate equipment had been used, this accident could have been prevented.
Making your own equipment failure injury claim
Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making your equipment failure injury claim. Our 24-hour free legal helpline will assess your unique situation and give you advice on the way forward. All of our solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so starting your claim will not cost you a thing.
Date Published: November 5, 2013
Author: David Brown