Injury claims for defective equipment at work

We all have a right to feel safe at work and that includes the quality of the equipment and heavy machinery you are expected to use as part of your job.

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Did you know that workplace injury cost the UK £5.2 billion in 2016/17?

Accidents at work involving machinery and work equipment are a common cause of injury, most frequently occurring in plant, processing and assembly lines.

What classes as ‘defective work equipment’?

Work equipment is considered defective if it does not work as intended and if the defect causes you an injury.

Equipment at risk can include:

  • Machine guards and stop controls on machinery
  • Power tools
  • Hand tools
  • Electronic and electrical equipment
  • Ladders and scaffolding
  • Safety ropes and harnesses
  • Missing covers and lids

Why make a faulty equipment injury claim?

Employers have a strict duty to make sure equipment:

  • Is in good working order
  • Is well maintained
  • Is inspected regularly
  • Is PAT tested, where applicable
  • Is used by properly trained people.

If this is not the case and you have been injured as a result, then your employer has been negligent and failed in the duty of care to you. More about making a claim

How can First4Lawyers help?

We’re here to guide you through the legal process and put you in touch with a specialist accident at work solicitor, who can take the strain when it comes to putting together a case and making a claim.  We offer No Win No Fee* on personal injury claims - just get in touch to see if we can help.

How much compensation will I receive for a defective equipment injury claim?

Levels of compensation very much depend on the type and severity of your injury. Factors like recovery time, whether you can work and the treatment required are also taken into account.

Take a look at our compensation calculator, which gives ideas of the compensation you could get for injuries.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Personal injury claims generally must be made within three years of the date of the accident but talk to us as there are a few exceptions to this rule.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

First get in touch and tell us what has happened.

Make sure you take the following steps to, which will help us build your case:

  • Gather evidence – notes, photographs, CCTV or video footage.
  • Take witness statements – accounts from colleagues can help back up your claim.
  • Report the accident – your employer should record the incident in an official accident book.
  • Get medical evidence – a doctor, or whoever treated you, can give you a report detailing your injuries and any medical information, including recovery times and the impact of the accident.

Meet the expert

Meet Jax
Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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