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.
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.
Employers have a duty of care to their employees which includes taking reasonable steps to ensure that they are safeguarded against the risk of an accident. This also includes displaying health and safety information and providing suitable training and protective clothing.
Other safety measures include:
- Carrying out regular risk assessments on machinery and equipment
- Carrying out regular checks and maintenance of machinery and equipment
- Ensuring that all employees receive suitable training in using machinery or equipment..
Equipment and machinery accident claims
To find out more on equipment accident compensation claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in handling faulty work equipment and machinery accident claims. You can reach them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.
Who can make an equipment accident compensation claim?
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.
What to do after an equipment accident?
If you have suffered a personal injury from an accident at work there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.
You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you're providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
What cequipment accident compensation are you entitled to?
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.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.
How long do I have to make an equipment accident claim?
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.
How to start an equipment accident compensation claim.
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.
Questions? We'd love to hear from you
You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to arrange a free consultation or begin a construction accident injury claim on-line.