The importance of PPE
If you work in a particularly dangerous environment, or if there is the remote risk that you will be put in harm’s way whilst at work, then your employer has a legal duty to do all they can to either remove that risk, or minimise it. If they fail to do this then you could be entitled to make a Cornwall no win no fee* claim for compensation if you receive a personal injury.
Sometimes the nature of your job or work environment may mean that it is risk heavy. For example, working on a construction site is undoubtedly going to be deemed more dangerous or prone to risk than working in a library. Your employer will be unable to remove the risks completely – large pieces of machinery, exposed wires, sharp and powerful equipment all make for a risky situation. However, your employer can do all they can to ensure that should an accident occur, the chances of your being seriously injured are as minimal as possible.
One of the best ways to do this is by providing all employees with personal protection equipment, or PPE. PPE is there to provide you with protection should an accident occur. Should an item be dropped from a level above you then you will be unlikely to be seriously hurt if you are wearing a hard hat, as is the norm for construction sites. If you are holding on to a rope using a pully system then it is wise to wear protective gloves to protect your skin and fingers.
If your employer fails to provide these for you, or does not make it clear that you are responsible for providing your own PPE, then they could be held liable for any accidents and injuries that occur. As a result Accident Advice Helpline and our solicitors may be able to make a Cornwall no win no fee* claim on your behalf.
It’s not just about provision …
It is important to note though that it is not just in situations where PPE have not been provided that you might be able to make a Cornwall no win no fee* claim. You could also claim against your employer if they have provided you with PPE but it is not suitable for the job. If you have been provided with a second hand hard hat which is not fit for purpose then you would be at as much risk of injury as if you had not been provided with one.
It is vital that all PPE is inspected regularly and changed where necessary. If your employer does not have policies and procedures in place to do this, and you are injured as a result, Accident Advice Helpline will help you make a Cornwall no win no fee* claim.
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