Defective Work Equipment Claim
Faulty or defective equipment is a common cause of injuries in the work place. Following the application of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992 your employer is under a duty to ensure that the equipment/machinery and vehicles you use at work are the following:
Suitable for their intended use
Safe for use, maintained in a safe condition
Used only by people who have received adequate instruction and training
Accompanied by suitable safety measures
Sadly faulty equipment still causes injuries in the workplace and you might be entitled to compensation if your employer has been negligent. See our Work Accident page for more information on making a work accident claim for compensation.
Many accidents due to defective work equipment can be reduced by:
Ensuring that work equipment is maintained in efficient working order and in good repair, by carrying out regular inspections of machinery and equipment especially if the equipment is exposed to conditions likely to cause deterioration.
Ensuring that employees have received full training in relation to the equipment or machinery that they will use.
Ensuring measures are taken to protect employees against dangerous machinery and parts and providing the necessary personal protective equipment.
Alerting employees to any potential dangers by completing a risk assessment, which has highlighted specific risks.
Withdrawing faulty work equipment from use immediately until it has been repaired so as to prevent injury to employees.
If you feel your employer has not complied with the above, and you have been injured as a result of faulty or defective work equipment, contact Accident Injury Solicitors today to receive free advice on you individual case.