Personal protective equipment (PPE) covers all equipment someone is given to wear to keep them safe from any risks in the workplace. PPE is often used in industries where people work in potentially unsafe environments or with hazardous or heavy materials.

Health and safety regulations means your employer is legally obliged to provide you with adequate PPE for any tasks you carry out as part of your job. As well as making sure you have PPE, employers have a duty to regularly check PPE is not in poor condition and to ensure all staff are properly trained in how to wear it and understand when it is required. Employers should never charge employees to use PPE.

Unfortunately, accidents in environments where PPE is used are unavoidable. Examples of PPE include facemasks, high visibility clothing, goggles, ear protectors, and safety gear such as helmets, gloves and boots. If you suffer a personal injury or illness because of a lack of PPE or poor-quality PPE, you have a right to claim compensation.

Some common PPE-related injuries and diseases in the UK are:

  • Respiratory conditions such as asthma
  • Vibration white finger
  • Amputation
  • Industrial deafness

Our personal injury solicitors are experts in PPE accident claims. We will guide you through the compensation process and help you access the care and support you need as you look to recover as best you can.

Compensation is important to take away any financial pressure in case you need to take time off work. It also covers the costs of any medical expenses as you may need specialist treatment.

PPE Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions

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 .

A strict three-year time limit applies to making a PPE 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.

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.

If you have suffered a personal injury from a fault PPE equipment 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.

Anyone who has been injured in a faulty PPE equipment 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.