Faulty Equipment Injury Claim
Every job requires you to use some type of equipment, from cleaning equipment, through computers and all the way up to large industrial machinery. These are essential for you to get your work done. Yet every year, people are injured because of faulty equipment at work. It is not their fault, and thankfully it is possible to make an accident claim and get compensation.
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It is the responsibility of an employer to make sure that your workplace is safe, including:
- Making sure that equipment is regularly maintained and kept up to safe operating levels
- Inspecting equipment regularly if it may deteriorate
- Training staff in safety procedures, risks and precautions
- Ensuring that safety equipment is in place where needed
- Specifying possible dangers, and
- Removing faulty or dangerous equipment from service until it is made safe again.
As you can see, most of these are common sense procedures which will keep employees safer in the workplace, and yet there are still many injuries at work daily.
Examples of Faulty Equipment Injury
Some types of injury from faulty equipment include:
- Falling from a ladder with a broken or loose rung
- Things getting into a person's eyes from an unguarded power tool
- Cuts, amputations and crushing injuries from industrial machines
- Damage to hearing from equipment which is not properly maintained or from broken noise reduction headphones
- Falls from height when the harness or safety equipment was faulty
- Various injuries caused by safety equipment which was not maintained
- Electrical shock or injury from poorly maintained or badly installed equipment
- Injury to new members of staff who were not trained or shown proper procedures
Remember that it is the employer's responsibility to ensure that your work environment is safe and that you have all the equipment needed to operate safely, the employee does not need to provide their own safety equipment. Also, if you bring a hazard or danger to the attention of your employer, it is their legal responsibility to take action.
Making a Claim if you are injured by Broken Equipment
If you have been injured at work because of faulty equipment, you are entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
Although it may feel awkward to make an accident claim against your employer, you must remember that it is their legal and moral responsibility to keep you safe. It may feel like a very large step to consider claiming, but your recovery is of the highest importance.
One fear that many employees have is that their future employment will be damaged as a result of claiming, but this is unfounded. The money from your claim is rightfully yours, or you would not have won the claim. Please claim if you have been injured by faulty equipment at work.
To claim you should immediately contact an injury lawyer for advice about your situation. The impartial advice of a third-party is invaluable. The personal injury solicitor will probably operate with a no-win-no-fee service, so that you will not be out of pocket on expenses.
Contacting a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible after the accident will ensure that the outcome is as favourable as possible. The chances of a successful claim are much higher if the solicitor can discover the full facts about the situation very soon after the accident happened, while details are still fresh in witnesses' minds.
Your claim and compensation can make a huge difference in the way that you then continue your life. It can help cover medical expenses and also rehabilitation into your old job or a new career.
After injury from faulty equipment at work, the compensation from your claim can literally get you back on track again, and make your future solid again.
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