The function of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is to keep you safe at work. If your employer fails to provide you with the correct PPE, or if you they provide you with inadequate PPE, and you have an accident because of this, then you may be able to make a claim.
Some of the most common types of PPE include safety goggles, hard hats, steel toe cap boots, masks, full body suits, gowns, gloves, ear plugs and ear defenders. Its use is to minimise the risk of accidents at work. Everyone who works in a dangerous environment or provides healthcare must wear PPE. The main industries that use PPE are the construction, manual labour, and healthcare industries.
Some of the most common injuries associated with incorrect or inadequate PPE include burns, lacerations, breaks and fractures, tissue damage, scarring, sight loss, hearing loss, industrial illnesses, and respiratory illnesses.
Your employer has a duty of care to make sure that you are safe at work. They must make sure that they meet the health and safety regulations, and that they carry out regular risk assessments to minimise the risk of accidents at work happening. Ensuring that everyone has the correct PPE is a part of this.
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 states that all employers should ensure that suitable PPE is provided to employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work. If you suffer an injury in an accident that having the correct PPE could have prevented, your employer may be responsible.
The incorrect or inadequate PPE can also cause industrial diseases such as HAVS/vibration white finger or noise induced hearing loss. These conditions can affect you for the rest of your life and can worsen over time. If your employer did not provide the correct PPE, such as ear defenders and gloves, then they may be responsible.
If you have taken time off work because of your injuries, you will usually get statutory sick pay. This is, however, likely to be less than your regular wages. The solicitors we work with can help to recover lost earnings as part of any compensation you may be able to claim.
Making A Claim
In most cases where you have had an accident due to incorrect or inadequate PPE, you have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim. There are exceptions to this rule. If you had an accident when you were under 18, for example, you have until you turn 21 to make your claim.
If the incorrect or inadequate PPE leads to an industrial disease such as hearing loss or vibration white finger, then you have three years from when you first found out that you have either condition. In cases where you haven’t had a diagnosis, you have three years from when you first thought that the cause of your symptoms was your job.
We understand that you may feel uneasy about claiming against your employer or former employer, but you do not need to worry. The law requires all employers to have Employer’s Liability insurance. This insurance covers the costs of accidents at work. The insurance company would pay any compensation, it would not come directly from your employer.
How We Can Help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with leading law firms who have years of experience in dealing with accidents at work. This means that they are well placed to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Call us today on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors or fill in our contact form and we will give you a call back.