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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Faulty wires accident claim

    External burns, irregular heartbeat, respiratory failure, and even heart arrest are just a few things that may be caused by an electric shock.  Additionally, it can lead to falls from work platforms, scaffolds, or ladders, which can result in severe injuries and even death.  Although the employees working with electric currents are more at risk of being electrocuted than other people, anyone can suffer a serious injury due to electrocution, or a fire caused by faulty electrical installations or appliances.  If you have been the victim of an electrical accident caused by faulty wires, you may be entitled to bring a faulty wires accident claim against the person who should have ensured a safe working environment.

    Avoiding electrical accidents in the workplace

    Since many electrical accidents occur in the workplace, industry experts have developed a series of preventive measures, which can be easily applied in order to minimise the risks associated with using electricity at work.

    The first preventive measure that any employer can put in place is by creating a health and safety risk assessment plan, which should focus on all the risks in relation to electricity.  The aim of this plan is to help employees to understand not only how to use electrical installations, but also how to maintain them along with electrical equipment.  In addition, the assessment plan must specify how often maintenance is needed for particular types of equipment and machinery.  Employers must also ensure that workers never use electrical equipment in wet surroundings and in areas with a lot of earthed metalwork.

    After assessing the current and potential risks within the workplace, your employer must find a way to reduce those risks.  To do this, they should hire competent staff or train existing employees to make sure that they are able to perform certain jobs, replace or remove faulty equipment pieces, provide suitable personal protective equipment, reduce voltage in areas where it is possible, and carry out preventive maintenance regularly.

    Can you make a faulty wires accident claim against your employer?

    You can make a faulty wires accident claim against your employer if you have sustained an electric shock due to their failure to complete the tasks mentioned above.  Moreover, you can claim compensation not only for the injuries caused by the electric shock itself, such as electric burns, but also for any injuries that you have sustained if you fell from a height after being electrocuted, such as fractures and deep cuts.

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    If you can prove beyond reasonable doubt that you have suffered injuries due to the negligent behaviour, action or inaction, of your employer, one of your colleagues, or a contractor hired by your employer to perform a certain task in the workplace, you have a potential compensation claim against your employer.

    In this case, it is recommended that you contact our personal injury solicitors promptly.  Our legal experts in workplace accident compensation claims will assess the evidence you have collected before confirming your eligibility to make a faulty wires accident claim.  You will then be advised on the next steps you must take in order to claim compensation for your injuries.  For professional legal assistance, please call our freephone number 0800 689 0500, or fill out our compensation claim form.

    Date Published: February 16, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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