When an employee goes to work, they are right to expect that the equipment they use and the environment in which they work is safe and well maintained.
Unfortunately, accidents often occur in the workplace due to employees being given or told to use equipment which is either unsafe or not working correctly.
It would be impossible for an employer to eliminate every risk in the workplace, as accidents can and do happen, but they do have a duty to take reasonable steps to keep employees safe and make sure risks are as reduced wherever possible, this is particularly the case when it comes to work place equipment. The term ‘equipment’ in the context of the workplace is wide ranging and encompasses everything from power tools and heavy machinery to kitchen appliances such as a kettle or toaster.
Common risks caused by faulty equipment or machinery include:
- A missing or defective safety guard on a piece of machinery
- Poorly maintained electrical sockets/cabling
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Equipment/machinery provided not being fit for the job an employee is being asked to undertake
- Inadequate training being provided by an employer.
Employers have a strict duty of care to ensure that all workplace equipment is safe for use by their employees.
Examples of safety measures required of employers include:
- Carrying out adequate training on the use of equipment
- Providing appropriate personal protective equipment (‘PPE’)
- Undertaking risk assessments on equipment to minimise the risk of injury
- Ensure equipment is regularly inspected
- Repairing or replacing faulty or broken equipment
- Give employees adequate training on the use of equipment
Faulty equipment accidents could often be easily be avoided if all health and safety measures are utilised and followed by an employer. If an employer has failed to adhere to any of the above rules and an employee sustains an injury as a result, the employee may have a right to bring a claim against the negligent employer.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident at work, which you believe was due to the negligence of your employer, our specialist teams could help you.
If your employer is found to be at fault for your accident, then you will be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering together with recovery of your financial losses and expenses.
We understand you may have concerns about making a claim against your employer, but we’re here to guide you and give you the right advice and help when you need it.
Why choose Minster Law for a faulty equipment injury claim?
- Our specialist team have secured over £40 million in damages for our seriously injured clients in the last year alone.
- As one of the largest serious injury teams in the UK, our highly experienced team work alongside some of the UK’s leading Barristers and medical experts, ensuring you have access to the very best advice and support.
- Our competitive and clear funding options allow you to properly understand how you’ll fund your claim.
- We work nationally - no matter where you are, we can provide the advice you need and offer face to face support.
Speak to an expert today
No matter how your injury was caused, contact our expert team today on 01904 663 229 and we can discuss how we can support you.