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Faulty work equipment compensation

Workplaces can be risky and you have the right to feel safe at work.  You should be able to work in an environment with minimal chances of injuries or illness. Employers are legally and morally obliged to the duty of care towards their employees. So if you’ve suffered an injury while working at a faulty machine/equipment, you can file a claim for faulty work equipment compensation.

Accidents and injuries can occur in factories, offices, or shops. Many times these accidents occur by using poorly maintained equipment.

Accidents involving faulty equipment

Sometimes it becomes impossible for an employer to eliminate all the risks at the workplace as certain work requirements involve working in risky conditions. However, the risk can still be minimized by taking safety and precautionary measures keeping you safe wherever possible.

Employers are required to follow work-related laws like:

You can file a compensation claim for injuries incurred by a piece of equipment that didn’t operate in the way it was designed for.

Types of injuries caused by faulty work equipment

Faulty equipment can cause mild to serious injuries depending on the circumstances.

Some common injuries caused by faulty equipment are:-

Mild injuries take less time to recover and may attract less compensation. However, some injuries can also be serious and long-lasting. Irrespective of the seriousness of the injury, you can always file a negligence claim against your employer if it’s the fault or negligence by your employer.

Workplace health and safety statistics

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive:

How to file a faulty compensation claim

Your employer’s negligence must be proved in order to make a successful claim. This means your personal injury solicitor needs to prove:

You should file a compensation claim as soon as possible as evidence plays a vital role and collecting evidence becomes easier at the initial stages. Any medical records following the accident, any entry in the workplace accident book, contact details of eyewitnesses, photographic or CCTV footage evidence of the circumstances of the accident. Your employer is bound by law to furnish the CCTV footage of the last 40 days.

Can I still claim if I was partly responsible for my accident?

While most negligence claims make it mandatory to have someone’s fault in the injuries. However, it may also happen that the person injured was also partially responsible for the injuries incurred. If it is proved that you didn’t follow clear safety procedures but the employer accepts that the equipment was also faulty, then this becomes a case of contributory negligence. This means your employer would not be entitled to pay you the full compensation amount.  Instead, you will get a reduced amount that indicates that you were also responsible for your injury and the employer was not fully responsible.