The UK Health and Safety Executive exists to ensure that health and safety guidelines are adhered to in all workplaces across the country and that no worker should ever have to face undue risk in the course of their daily duties. When it comes to the construction industry, the HSE have standards which must be met in terms of worker’s protective gear.
Which protective gear must be worn?
Workers must wear head protection on almost all building sites as there is always a risk of falling objects. Not just any hard hat will do, however. It must fit the wearer properly and be in good condition. If necessary, it must also give room for ear protectors. Proper protective footwear must also be worn at all times. Again, this is due to the risk of falling objects or trips. The bones of the foot are quite delicate, so that even minimal damage can be extremely painful and debilitating.
The rest of a worker’s clothing must be suitable for the environment and weather conditions, and whoever is in charge of the site has a duty of care to ensure that everyone in the team is dressed appropriately. Additionally, hi-vis clothing must be worn on any site where vehicles are operating to ensure that the drivers of those vehicles are immediately able to see people moving around on the ground. If necessary, tough gloves should be worn to protect the skin of the hands against cuts and grazes.
What to do if you feel you have been injured due to a lack of protective clothing
It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that everyone is properly dressed for the environment, and has all of the protective gear they need. If you feel you have sustained an injury due to a lack of protective gear, you may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
Personal injury compensation is a legal provision which exists to help the victims of others’ negligence who may have to take time off work or face a loss of earnings due to a reduced capacity for work after their injury.
If you’d like to know more about it, contact Accident Advice Helpline, who specialise in this type of compensation. Don’t worry if your accident was some time ago; you can usually claim up to a maximum of three years after the date of the accident itself. For a quick guide to your possible eligibility, complete Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test which can be found on our website.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown