We all expect that the equipment or tools we use at work are safe and fit for purpose. Most of the time that is the case; however, there are occasions when accidents at work happen due to faulty equipment and machinery.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, work equipment covers a very wide range of items used in the workplace, including:
- Machines such as circular saws, drilling machines, photocopiers, mowing machines, tractors, dumper trucks and power presses
- Hand tools such as screwdrivers, knives, hand saws and meat cleavers
- Lifting equipment such as lift trucks, elevating work platforms, vehicle hoists, lifting slings and bath lifts
- Other equipment such as ladders and water pressure cleaners
However, equipment used in offices or hotels can also cause accidents.
These include workstations, computers, printers and even kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters.
Defective Equipment - Frequently Asked Questions
Accidents involving equipment and machinery that can lead to a claim can occur for a variety of reasons including:
• Poor maintenance
• Choosing the wrong equipment for a job
• Lack of training
• Defective equipment
• Inadequate safety equipment
Equipment and machinery that is known to be hazardous must be inspected on a regular basis. This is especially important if it is used frequently in any work environment. If these safety measures are not implemented this puts employees at risk of an accident and injury.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
A strict three-year time limit applies to making a construction accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
- Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Anyone who has been injured in a faulty equipmenty accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to the accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.