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Defective equipment refers to any unsafe equipment at work. This could be caused by a manufacturing defect, a design flaw or poor repair and maintenance. This can include power tools, lifting equipment, factory machinery and safety equipment.

Defective equipment can make any workplace dangerous and could result in an accident at work. No matter where you work, you have a right to feel safe and have the correct equipment supplied by your employer, or whoever is in control of your work.

It is your employer’s legal responsibility to keep you safe at work and if you are given defective equipment the employers are likely to be in violation of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998).

Have you experienced an injury due to defective equipment at work?

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What Should I Do If I Am Injured From Defective Equipment?

The most important thing you should do is seek legal advice as soon as possible. To make a successful claim, you must be able to demonstrate the accident was caused by the negligence of your employer. It might involve inadequate health and safety provisions, inadequate training or equipment that is not up to standard.

You should also ensure that:

  1. The accident is recorded in the Accident Book or similar document
  2. Any CCTV footage is retained
  3. You seek First Aid/Medical Attention as soon as possible
  4. Details of witnesses are obtained
  5. You cooperate with any work accident investigation
  6. Photos of any defective equipment are taken

What Are The Time Limits For Defective Equipment Claim?

In the UK, there are time limits that apply when making a personal injury claim. You must issue the claim within three years of the date of the accident or from the date of the diagnosed injury. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible, so a qualified solicitor can ensure your claim is well prepared, for the right amount of compensation and that the claim is issued in time.

What Injuries Can Be Suffered From Defective Equipment?

Common injuries sustained from defective equipment include:

  • Amputation
  • Broken bones
  • Crushed limbs
  • Burns
  • Sprains
  • Ligament damage
  • Cuts to skin
  • Electric shocks and electrocution
  • Back and spinal injuries
  • PTSD

Unfortunately, in some serious cases, defective equipment can cause death. If your loved one has died from defective equipment at work, you may also be eligible for a claim, to speak to our specialist accident at work solicitors call us on 01642 843 667 or use our contact form, and we will do what we can to help.

Responsibilities of The Employer

Your employer has a duty of care to ensure you are safe at work and have well maintained equipment and machinery. To ensure you have a safe and functional workplace your employer should implement:

  • Maintenance of machines and equipment
  • Safety procedures
  • Regular inspections
  • Correct guarding of machinery
  • The supply of correct personal protective equipment
  • Appropriate health and safety assessments

How Do I Pursue A Defective Equipment Claim?

If you think you may have a claim for an injury suffered from defective equipment at work, contact us for a free initial discussion. One of our experienced accident at work claim solicitors will be able to advise as to whether you have a claim. Our claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, so you are not at risk of losing money.

What Can I Claim For?

If you have suffered an injury from defective equipment at work that was not your fault, you may be able to claim for:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses, for instance, prescription costs
  • Compensation for care provided even if it was unpaid
  • Rehabilitation
  • Travel expenses
  • Additional fuel costs
  • An award for your pain and suffering
  • A sum for being disadvantaged in the labour market

Would Pursuing A Defective Equipment Claim Endanger My Job?

Legally, you are protected from being disciplined for bringing a claim against your employer for an injury you may have received from defective equipment at work. Also, employers are legally required to have insurance to cover any injuries employees may suffer in an accident at work.

How Do I Pursue A Claim?

If you think you may have a claim for an injury suffered from defective equipment at work, contact us for a free initial discussion. One of our experienced accident at work claim solicitors will be able to advise as to whether you have a claim. Our claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, so you are not at risk of losing money.

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For more information about making an accident at work claim, you can call us on 01642 843 667; alternatively, complete our online contact form, and one of our accident at work solicitors will be in touch.

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