Your employer must take steps to ensure your safety by eliminating or isolating hazards in the workplace. If this is not possible, they must:
- Provide you with any necessary safety gear free of charge
- Ensure that the safety gear they supply meets the recognised safety standards
- Provide you with training and instruction to ensure you understand the importance of using safety gear
- Regularly maintain your safety gear to ensure it is fit for purpose
Safety gear includes anything that you can use to protect yourself against physical harm. Some typical examples include:
- Clothing that protect your body, such as overalls and aprons
- Items that protect your hands and feet, such as safety boots and gloves
- Breathing protection devices, such as respirators and dust masks
- Hearing protection devices, such as earplugs and earmuffs
- Eye protection, such as safety goggles
- Head protection, such as hard hats
- Safety harnesses
Why you should wear safety gear
You may not want to wear safety gear; you may think it is unnecessary, uncomfortable, restrictive or even ugly. However, wearing safety gear will protect your health and that of your colleagues.
If you sustain an injury in a West Yorkshire accident at work caused by inappropriate safety gear or a lack of training on how to use your safety gear, you will be in a good position to claim compensation from your employer. If, however, appropriate safety gear is available to you and you simply choose not to wear it, you may not be able to claim compensation as your employer will block your claim on the basis that you put yourself at risk.
Making a claim for a West Yorkshire accident at work
It is compulsory for your employer to have insurance to cover the cost of accident at work claims. To make a successful claim, you must work with a lawyer to show that your employer was at fault.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our lawyers have a wealth of experience in successfully claiming compensation for accidents in the workplace. They can correspond with your employer on your behalf and, where necessary, arrange to inspect your workplace to secure evidence in support of your claim.
We understand that the thought of taking action against your employer can be daunting, but you can rely on us to support you through the claims process. Please contact us today via our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak to our team about making a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ West Yorkshire accident at work claim.
Date Published: 18th November 2014
Author: Jan Newell