Safety equipment is provided to ensure people are safe from incurring injuries, particularly in the workplace. Not all jobs require their workers to use this kind of equipment, but in some cases it is required in order for safety rules to be properly adhered to. You might also know it as personal protective equipment or PPE. As you can probably imagine, the idea that you might be injured by faulty safety equipment is quite startling.
Cases like this do not happen often, thankfully. Equipment of this nature is typically checked regularly to ensure it is still in proper working order. The equipment is, after all, only as good as its last proper check. If anything is wrong with it, it may be as good as wearing nothing protective at all.
Various forms of protection
This sort of equipment comes in various types. For example, you might require hearing protection in order to protect yourself from potential damage to your hearing. This might include ear plugs or possibly ear muffs. There is also a wide range of eye protection that might be required. In some instances, eye protection would extend to covering the entire face, in case things sheared off and hit you, or in case of excessive amounts of dust that might irritate the skin.
The other main form of protection is respiratory protection. However, there are other types as well, including protection that covers your feet, hands and skin. The type of protection required in a particular job will be determined by performing a risk assessment to identify the potential hazards that might crop up.
Could you have a right to claim?
If you have been injured by faulty safety equipment within the past 36 months, you might have a chance to make such a claim. It all depends on whether there is enough evidence to prove that negligence was the ultimate cause.
The team working for Accident Advice Helpline might just be the people to prove this one way or another. To find out whether a claim might be a possibility, just call 0800 689 0500. You won’t pay for the call, and our first advice to you is free as well. And if you were to lose your case, you wouldn’t be liable for any solicitors’ fees either, so call us here today to see whether your injuries do warrant compensation.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead