Whether you work in an office, warehouse or on a construction site, you’ll be working with equipment which needs to be properly maintained and safe for use. Unfortunately, injuries related to faulty equipment can and do happen. Here are some of the most common workplace injuries caused by faulty or poorly maintained equipment:
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries such as broken bones
- Burns or electrical shock
- Hand arm vibration syndrome or exacerbation of arthritis
If you are injured due to faulty equipment in the workplace, you may need to pay for private medical treatment, and you could experience loss of earnings due to being unable to work. Faulty equipment could even cause a fatality, which could leave your loved ones claiming for financial compensation.
Duty of care
Employers must follow health and safety regulations, and it’s their responsibility to ensure that all equipment is well-maintained and in good repair. They must also do the following:
- Regularly inspect machinery
- Ensure employees receive training on how to use equipment safely and are aware what precautions to take
- Provide employees with personal protective equipment (PPE) if needed
- Share the results of risk assessments with employees to highlight any specific risks
- Immediately remove faulty equipment to be fixed or replaced
If your employer fails to do any of the above and you are injured as a result of working with faulty machinery, you could claim for compensation, and these types of claims can often lead to substantial settlements. Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test, available on our website, will help you to see how much you could claim for your accident at work.
What happens next?
If you think you may be eligible to claim for compensation, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – we’re here 24/7 to take your call and offer confidential, no-obligation advice. We can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, and because most claims can be processed in full over the phone, there’s generally no need to attend court. Our patron is Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, and we’re proud to be accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), so you can trust us to provide you with the very best service. We offer a 100% no win, no fee service and have been dealing with personal injury compensation claims for more than 13 years. Call us today to see how we can help you.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown