Faulty Machinery and Work Equipment
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations covers all nature of work equipment, from complex pieces of machinery to everyday appliances such as chairs as well as all other apparatus and tools used for all types of workplaces. The law requires the employer to ensure that any work equipment provided is fully functional, safe to use and suitable for the purpose provided.
Notwithstanding the duties, thousands of accidents occur every year due to unsafe work equipment, and typical examples include:
- Failure to ensure that the work equipment provided is suitable for the purpose for which it is provided or suitable for the place in which it will be used
- Failing to ensure that the work equipment is adequately maintained and is free from defects
- Failing to ensure that the work equipment has been correctly assembled or installed
- Failing to provide suitable protection from dangerous parts of the machinery such as by fixing guards or similar protection devices
- Failing to provide the employee with adequate training and adequate health and safety information regarding use of the equipment
- Failing to ensure that the equipment is suitably stabilised and/or suitably lit
- Where work equipment or the substances produced are of a very high or very low temperature, failing to provide the employee with protection to prevent injury
We have a dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in employer liability claims and can help if you have been injured when using work equipment. In order to find out if you can claim call us today on freephone 0800 298 6013 or complete the contact form below.