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Broken or Defective Equipment

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Broken or defective equipment in a workplace can be the reason for serious accidents. Workers associated with construction, manufacturing, mining and the extraction industries use heavy machines and tools. Broken or defective tools can injure them through electric shocks, cuts, burns and amputations. It is employer’s duty to provide safe equipment free of any defect. If a worker suffers an injury due to broken or defective equipment then the employer is responsible for compensation.

If you have suffered such an accident then contact our solicitors on 08000 430 430 to make a claim for compensation or complete our inquiry form to request a call back.

Types Broken or Defective Equipment

Workers working with heavy machinery and electric tools are at high risk of an accident. Types of broken equipment with potential risks are:

  • Using unsafe and defective equipment which requires a repair,
  • Poorly maintained ladders which could collapse,
  • Uncovered moving parts of a machines,
  • Being supplied the wrong equipment to complete the task/job,
  • Lack of training about how to use specific equipment,
  • Metal ladders or metal scaffolding used around electric works,
  • Inappropriately grounded or connected electric equipment,
  • Equipment with deteriorated insulation,
  • Use of defective dump trucks, lifters, forklifts and conveyor belts.

Injuries from Defective Equipment

Workers using defective or broken equipment can suffer different injuries which can be devastating. Examples of injuries related to defective equipment are:-

  • Loss of memory,
  • Fractures and broken bones due to falling from faulty ladders or scaffoldings,
  • Back and spinal cord injuries,
  • Hearing loss and weakening eye sight,
  • Burns from electric shocks,
  • Crushes, cuts and amputations due to moving parts of defective machines,
  • Hand, arm, foot or leg injuries,
  • Brain damage,
  • Fatalities caused by electrocution or falling form height.

Employer’s Responsibility

Your employers have a responsibility to you to provide equipment which is free from defects. Your employers should:-

  • Provide training  about the safe use of equipment and appliances,
  • Provide personal protective equipment,
  • Carry out risk assessments to identify potential dangers,
  • Take quick actions when hazards defects and faults are reported,
  • Carry out proper maintenance of all equipment and tools
  • Stop the use of defective or broken equipment.

Defective Equipment Compensation Claim

Injuries due to the defective or broken equipment can be minor or life changing. If your employer has failed to provide safe tools and equipment you could be entitled to compensation.

If you have been suffered a workplace injury that was not your fault due to defective or broken equipment call Clearwater Solicitors on 08000 430 430 or complete our online enquiry form to request a call back. We will make sure you receive compensation for all your pain and suffering, loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, medical bills, treatment costs, care and assistance you receive from loved ones and/or friends.

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