Personal Protective Equipment
Faulty protective clothing or just providing no clothing at all an entirely preventable cause of injury in the work place. Following the implementation of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 your employer is under a duty to provide you with protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, shoes and overalls to name a few in circumstances where a risk to your health and safety cannot be controlled in other ways. The regulations require that any such equipment must:-
- Be properly assessed before use to ensure its’ suitability;
- Be properly maintained and stored;
- Come with proper instructions as to how it is safely used; and
- Be used correctly by employees (i.e. that employers ensure that their employees are using the equipment correctly).
Sadly a lack of equipment/clothing still causes injuries in the workplace and you might be entitled to compensation if your employer has been negligent.
If you have suffered from an injury at work, WE solicitors can help to claim the compensation you need and deserve. Call us on 0800 206 1616 now.
If necessary we solicitors will report employers to the Health and Safety Executive in order for them to investigate the matter and if necessary prosecute employers.
What to do if I have been involved in an accident?
If you have been harmed during the course of your employment you should do the following:
- Report your accident to you supervisor/boss.
- Ensure the accident has been recorded in the Accident book, ensuring you have read the contents and are happy with the accident circumstances.
- If you have been off work for over 3 days due to an accident related accident/illness your employer should complete a RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Report) report should be completed and sent to the HSE.