Defective Equipment Injury Claims
Equipment is a very broad term, covering all kinds of things that people might use to do their jobs besides their own two hands. Machinery, electrical equipment, portable gadgets, and tools all come under the umbrella of equipment.
Just about every workplace will rely on equipment of some kind or another. Some of this will be inherently and obviously dangerous, such as heavy machinery, while others seem perfectly safe in normal circumstances. If that equipment is allowed to become defective, however, even the most innocuous piece of equipment can potentially present a hazard, and the result can be somebody getting injured by faulty equipment.
The Dangers of Faulty Equipment
There are countless different kinds of equipment used in various workplaces – sometimes even in a single workplace – and they vary a lot in what they are and how they work, so it would probably take a whole book to list all the different kinds of accidents with faulty equipment that can occur in the modern workplace. One of the biggest dangers, however, comes from electrical equipment. If this is allowed to become faulty and the problem is not properly dealt with, it can lead to the electrocution of the operator. Alternatively, faults with electrical items can lead to the equipment catching fire or in some cases even exploding.
Of course, there are other ways in which defective equipment can lead to injury. In particular, machines and tools which involve a lot of force or fast movement can cause injury, for example if somebody gets hurt as a result of the machine behaving in ways that it shouldn’t or if a loose or damaged part flies off.
Accidents at work involving defective equipment can cause injury for the equipment’s user, or for bystanders who happen to be nearby. The effects vary a lot depending on the type and severity of the accident, but often the result can be the need for medical treatment, a long process of recovery, and of course physical pain. Accidents with faulty workplace equipment can also leave people unable to work for some time while their recovery is still ongoing, and this can compound the physical problems presented by an injury by adding financial worries.
Defective Equipment and the Law
Every workplace has its hazards, and to ensure that companies don’t take the dangers to their staff lightly the law requires that all employers take steps to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy place for employees to work. Strict health and safety laws demand that an employer takes steps to identify any risks to employees in the workplace, and then to mitigate those risks or eliminate them entirely. As many kinds of equipment are potentially dangerous even when they are not defective, there are particularly strong laws surrounding the provision of tools and machinery to employees. Among these laws is a requirement that employers provide equipment that is not defective, is fit for purpose, and does not present an undue hazard.
If you have been injured in the workplace through no fault of your own because you were provided with defective equipment, you may be entitled to compensation. When an employer has been negligence in their duty to protect their employees according to health and safety law and that negligence leads to injury, the injured party is entitled by law to claim a financial settlement.
Making a Claim
At CompensationClaims.co, we have a team of highly-trained professional legal experts, who specialise in helping people claim the compensation they deserve after accidents. If you have been injured at work by defective equipment, they will be able to help you through the claims process as smoothly and simply as possible, making sure to keep you thoroughly informed throughout the process with clear and jargon-free explanations.
They handle all claims on a no win no fee basis, so you can be confident that, whatever happens, you won’t be out of pocket. If your claim is not successful, then you don’t have to pay for our service. To find out more or to begin your claim, call us today on 0161 447 9193.