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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

    Laboratory Accidents: Defective lab equipment


    Defective lab equipment can lead to a variety of work related accidents, including explosions and/or fires, release of potentially toxic fumes into the working environment, or workers’ skin or eyes being exposed to injuries by contact with corrosive substances. In other workplace accidents, injuries may be caused by defective lab equipment leading to electrocutions.

    The law and prevention of accidents at work through defective lab equipment

    Laboratory employers are therefore required by law to ensure that all equipment, including protective clothing and other safety equipment, is maintained regularly to ensure it is continually in good working order and safe to use. What’s more, according to relevant Health & Safety Executive guidelines, employers must also make sure work accidents are prevented by ensuring that all employees are adequately trained in handling hazardous substances, operating equipment, and following necessary safety and first aid procedures.

    Industrial injury compensation

    Employers failing to maintain laboratory equipment, or train employees in its proper use, take the risk of exposing their workers to potentially serious accidental injuries at work. Should workers be injured as a result of this failure, employers can be held liable to pay them work injury compensation.

    The right to claim for compensation

    If your employer failed to properly maintain the equipment you have to use, and you suffered a workrelated injury as a result, you may be entitled to claim for injury compensation. In order to qualify for a claim, the accident leading to your injury must have occurred within a period no longer than 36 months prior to your claim. In addition, it will be necessary to show that the incident was the responsibility of your employer or another employee, as opposed to being your own fault.

    Making an injury compensation claim

    The easiest way to find out whether you are eligible to make a claim against your employer or a colleague is to call Accident Advice Helpline or complete the compensation calculator on the company’s website. Handled in complete confidentiality, calls to this law firm can be made any day or time via Freephone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

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    No obligation, ‘no win, no fee’ claims

    While callers are under no obligation to use Accident Advice Helpline to pursue a claim, doing so is certainly recommended, as this law firm has handled personal injury compensation cases on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis for 13 years. This means that the legal professionals assigned to cases invariably have the necessary experience to bring claims to satisfactory conclusions quickly and often entirely over the phone.

    Date Published: January 2, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.