If you have been injured in an accident at work involving defective equipment or you have suffered a personal injury due to inadequate training, contact the solicitors at Farleys. As one of the North West’s premier law firms, we possess extensive experience of claiming compensation on behalf of individuals injured in serious accidents at work.
Accidents Involving Defective Work Equipment
Unfortunately, accidents caused by defective work equipment are common in UK workplaces. Typically, such accidents occur as a result of poor maintenance or an unwillingness to upgrade old or damaged equipment.
The Employers’ Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969 ensures that employers are liable for accidents involving work equipment, as long as it can be proven that the equipment was provided by the employer for the purposes of their business, and that the defect was the entirely the fault of a third party such as a maintenance professional or the employer themselves.
As the responsible party, your employer has a duty to:
- ensure work equipment is properly maintained;
- ensure employees are protected from dangerous machine parts;
- notify you of specific dangers from equipment, as identified by a risk assessment;
- withdraw faulty equipment from use as soon as it is identified;
If you suspect that your employer has failed to abide by any of the above rules, and that this failure on their part directly contributed to your accident involving defective equipment, contact a solicitor as soon as possible. For more information, or to arrange for an initial consultation, contact us on 0333 331 4802.