Employers neglecting their legal duty of care to service and repair work equipment can have severe consequences for their employees' health and wellbeing. In some cases, faulty work equipment may even result in accidents with life-threatening injuries.
No matter where you work, whether it's a construction site, an office, a shop or a different work environment, as an employee in the UK, you have the right to feel safe at your workplace without the fear of potential injuries caused by defective equipment. At Garratts, our team of legal experts will support you with your faulty work equipment claim in a highly professional, confidential and diligent manner.
How can I make a faulty work equipment claim?
You can make a faulty work equipment claim if you have been injured at your workplace due to your employer's faulty equipment. Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), employers have to manage any work equipment risks, including machinery, appliances, apparatus, or tools.
To ensure work equipment is safe to use and in good condition, employers must:
- Regularly assess all work equipment for potential risks and suitability for the purpose the equipment is used and intended for
- Maintain it to efficient working order or repair, including the use of a maintenance log
- Ensure adequate training is given to the employees using, supervising or managing the use of the equipment
- Dispose of or replace any faulty equipment with new equipment
- Prevent access to any dangerous parts of machinery
- If there is a danger involving specific health or safety risks, ensure that only trained personnel have access to it
Types of defective equipment injuries
As a result of having used defective equipment such as machinery, appliances or tools, employees may sustain one or several of the following injuries.
What is the claims process for defective work equipment injuries?
We recommend getting in touch with our team of personal injury solicitors, who will offer you a free initial consultation, so you can find out if your claim is eligible. We will review your case, and subsequently advise you as to whether we think you will qualify to claim compensation.
Our team will accrue all evidence required to support your claim and inform any liable third parties. Additionally, we will arrange an independent medical examination report to ensure your compensation claim has the best possible outcome. We will carry out all negotiations, and if required, we will represent you in court.
No win, no fee faulty work equipment claims
We operate on a 'No win, No Fee' basis. That means our clients will not have to pay if their claims aren't successful. Should they be awarded compensation, any legal fees will be paid by the negligent party who caused the injuries. The client will also pay a success fee to us, but this will be capped at a maximum of 25% of the compensation awarded.