Injuries Caused by Inadequate PPE
Your employer has a legal duty to provide you with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to allow you to safely carry out your work. Failure to provide suitable equipment could put you at risk of injury. Typical safety gear and equipment might include:
- Gloves for handling hot or sharp items
- Protective jackets
- Reflective clothing
- Hard hats
- Ear plugs/defenders
- Steel toe cap boots
Many of these items will be provided to you by your employer but in some cases, you will be asked to provide your own items, as long as they meet safety standards and requirements set out by your company.
Employers have a legal duty to ensure your equipment is suitable for the job and that means regularly maintaining equipment, replacing old equipment and training you on how to spot faulty or risky equipment.
If you provide your own equipment but it is not adequate, your employer must not allow you to work as you post a risk to yourself and others.
Jobs that Require Extensive Safety Equipment
If you work a job that requires a considerable amount of safety equipment you are of course at more risk of falling victim to poorly maintained or provided equipment. Some industries that might be at an increased risk include:
- Factory and industrial work
- Water and electricity work
- Sports, gym and outdoor activities workers
- Shipping workers
- Kitchen and catering work
In these industries you are likely to be working with risks such as heights, hot surfaces, exposed electrics, outdoor hazards and sharp item. This means you will need clothing that pre-empts these risks and is designed to deal with the worst potential injuries.
Have you been Injured due to Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment?
Lack of adequate equipment can lead to injuries such as:
- Loss or hearing or damage to hearing
- Loss of sight
- Burns and cuts
- Industrial diseases
- Breathing problems
It can also lead to injuries such as broken bones, fractures, bruises and long term pain.
These are debilitating problems that can lead to short and long-term pain and loss of earnings which can leave the victim suffering. This is why if the incidence of inadequate equipment was not your fault, you should get in touch with What’s My Claim Worth today to gain valuable insight and advice on making a claim for injury due to inadequate equipment. Contact us or try our Claimometer to see how much you could claim.