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Defective equipment causing injury at work

Accidents at work – unsafe equipment

In order to operate in a safe environment employees must be provided with safe equipment and plant.

Many of the accidents that we deal with in terms of accident at work claims relate to the use of unsafe and badly maintained equipment. employers have a strict duty to ensure that:

  • Equipment is in good working order
  • Well maintained
  • Regularly inspected
  • All portable appliances are subject to PAT testing annually
  • Staff are trained to use the equipment safely

How can an employer make the work environment safer?

An employer must always carry out a risk assessment in the form of an investigation conducted to identify whether any particular act or operation gives rise to a safety risk or hazard. The same applies to use of equipment and whether staff have the necessary skills and experience to use the plant that they have been provided with.

If you have suffered injury in the workplace and believe that the employer may have either contributed to or caused the injury – make an enquiry now about possible compensation:

For immediate accident claim assistance please telephone our freephone accident claim helpline on HELPLINE TBA

Read more about work related upper limb disorder injury (WRULD) caused by work.

For comprehensive information on Health & Safety in the workplace from the official government website, please visit: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/HealthAndSafetyAtWork/index.htm

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