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.
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 work–related 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.
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.