Personal Protective Equipment Compensation Claims

All employers must provide employees with a safe working environment and where necessary provide effective personal protective equipment (PPE).

Should you suffer personal injury arising from an employer’s failure to provide suitable PPE this may give rise to a claim for accident compensation.

A risk assessment should be undertaken to identify what personal protective equipment will be required and to ensure that this is readily available. An employer must consider each task to be undertaken and ensure that the PPE is suitable for that individual task bearing in mind the manner in which it is to be undertaken. For example certain gloves may be suitable for protecting against exposure to oil or similar substances but would not provide adequate protection against sharp objects.

In addition the PPE should be in good condition and regularly checked to ensure that it can provide adequate protection. The equipment must not only be provide protection in general terms but must also be suitable for the individual employee. Each employee should be adequately trained to use personal protective equipment in the correct manner and to appreciate when this will be required.

Employees should not be required to provide their own personal protective equipment nor can a charge be made to an employee for provision of PPE by an employer.

Issues surrounding the provision of appropriate personal protective equipment, its correct use and maintenance can be complex. As a consequence should you sustain an accident at work which may have arisen through the lack of suitable personal protective equipment you should seek advice from an expert in personal injury compensation.

At Sintons our personal injury specialists have a wealth of experience in pursuing successful compensation claims arising from accidents at work and the failure to provide suitable PPE.

All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.

To begin a personal injury compensation claim or obtain further advice with no obligation contact Sintons 24/7.