Dangerous working conditions often require workers to use some form of safety equipment. Equipment which protects against accident in the workplace risks is often referred to as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE can include all kinds of safety gear, each protecting against different kinds of hazards. Examples include:
- Masks and respirators
- Ear defenders
- Safety goggles
- Overalls or protective suits
- Protective footwear, such as steel toe-cap boots
- Hard hats or helmets
- Safety harnesses for working at height
If you work with PPE, you are entrusting your health and safety to that equipment. If that PPE is unsuitable, or in poor condition, you may no longer receive the safety benefits the equipment is intended to provide. The law surrounding PPE is mostly contained in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 found here.
Depending on the hazards you are facing, inadequate PPE can easily lead to injuries or the development of industrial diseases. These include:
PPE which is inadequate can cover many situations, including PPE which is:
- In poor condition and no longer provides protection.
- Unsuitable protection from the hazard you are facing. For example, a breathing mask which can only filter large particles, such as dust, is no protection from finer particles, such as harmful chemicals.
- Ill-fitting or incompatible with other PPE which you must wear.
It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure the PPE you have been given is fit for purpose. Your employer must also provide training for using the PPE correctly. Failing to do so could constitute negligence and may give rise to an accident at work compensation claim.
If you have suffered an injury at work or developed an industrial disease as a result of inadequate PPE, you may be able to claim compensation from your employer.
Truth Legal’s specialist personal injury and accident at work solicitors can help you to recover this compensation. We will work tirelessly to build your case and achieve the positive outcome you deserve. Our firm prides itself on delivering an ethical, honest, and efficient service, whilst having an in-depth knowledge of PPE claims.
For more information on personal injury claims arising from inadequate PPE, or for advice on your specific circumstances, contact us today. We offer free initial consultations, with no obligation to proceed further.
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If you have already started a claim with another firm, always remember that you are entitled to transfer your claim if you wish. If you are not getting the service you deserve – perhaps because unqualified paralegals are running your case, or your case-handler is overloaded – you should consider switching or changing solicitors to Truth Legal.
A ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreement is a useful way to avoid the risk of paying fees if your claim is unsuccessful. The agreement means that, in the vast majority of situations, you will not have to pay our legal costs if we cannot recover compensation for you.
If we are successful, often a small percentage of your award will go towards our fees, with most of our costs being paid by the other party’s insurance company. This is how ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreements usually operate.
When an accident was not your fault, Truth Legal will normally be able to offer you a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreement.
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