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    Military accidents: Unsafe/ defective equipment


    Serving in the armed forces is one of the most noble and brave occupations that anyone can do. Every day around the world, British men and women risk their lives for their country. Although among the finest and best trained armed forces in the world, the military is still an extremely high-risk occupation and as a result, accidents at work are all too common.

    What is unsafe/ defective equipment?

    Unsafe or defective equipment are items of equipment that are normally utilised in the day-to-day workings of the military, but have been rendered unsuitable for use through damage, poor maintenance, or misuse and abuse. Such items can include:

    • Vehicles – The sheer multitude of vehicles and their purposes in the armed forces mean that they should always be kept in proper condition, particularly armoured vehicles.
    • Weaponry and ordnance – Unsafe/ defective equipment in terms of weaponry can be potentially fatal. Always ensure that equipment is not faulty or jammed before using.
    • First-Aid equipment – An injury in the field can be life threatening. Ensure that all First-Aid equipment is intact and safe for use.
    • Camping equipment – An unsafe bed could potentially collapse, posing a great risk of head, neck or shoulder injury.
    • Cooking and catering equipment – Defective equipment in terms of gas stoves can cause serious burning.
    • Electrical equipment – An unsafe/defective piece of equipment can lead to a potentially fatal electric shock.

    How can I prevent such accidents with defective equipment?

    Regular maintenance should be carried out on all equipment.  All equipment should be subject to routine inspection in order to ensure it is suitable for use. If you believe any equipment to be unsafe or defective, then it is imperative to report it to a person in authority in order to prevent an injury to you or any of your work colleagues.

    I’ve been injured as a result of unsafe/ defective equipment. Am I entitled to compensation?

    If you’re a member of the armed forces and you’ve been injured as a result of unsafe/defective equipment within the last 3 years, and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline operates on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. With an extensive legal team across the UK, specialising in all areas of personal injury law, and 13 years’ experience in providing compensation advice, you can be guaranteed of a friendly and professional service. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: December 11, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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