According to the Health and Safety Executive, personal protective equipment is safety gear that must be worn when all other measures are inadequate to prevent exposure to dangers. This includes respirators, goggles, hard hats, protective footwear, gloves, and clothing. According to UK law, all employers must provide their employees with any personal protective equipment that is necessary for them to perform their duties safely, at no extra cost to the employee.
How do know if you require personal protective equipment?
Workers in many different industries require personal protective equipment if they are in danger of being struck with falling objects, if they have to work with dangerous equipment, or if they regularly come into contact with dangerous liquids or gases. All workers on construction sites, for example, must wear protective headgear and footwear at all times, as there is a constant danger of falling objects.
One of the most important things to remember about personal protective equipment is that it must be in good condition, and must fit comfortably. Otherwise, it may not be providing the protection it should be. Poorly-fitting goggles, for example, could slip off at any time, exposing the wearer to danger. Ill-fitting shoes could cause the wearer to trip and are considered a hazard in themselves. Hard hats and shoes that are excessively worn may also not provide the protection from heavy falling objects that they are designed to provide. Your employer has a duty to ensure that your personal protective equipment is in good condition and fits you properly.
What to do if you have been injured due to a lack of personal protective equipment
If you believe you have been injured due to a lack of personal protective equipment, you may have a case for employer negligence. Under UK law, anyone who has been injured as a direct result of someone else’s negligence is eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation, which is designed to compensate both for their physical and mental suffering, and for any financial losses incurred as a result of the injury.
To find out more information, contact our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to discuss your particular situation with you in detail, and let you know whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. If you decide to go ahead, it will most likely be done entirely over the telephone, and on a no win, no fee basis.