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Common accidents

Unfortunately, accidents often occur in the workplace due to employees being given or told to use equipment that is either unsafe or not working correctly.

Wide ranging

Accidents involving faulty equipment are particularly common in the construction and manufacturing industry, but what is included as equipment can be wide ranging.

Employer responsibility

Employers have a responsibility to make sure any equipment you’re using is safe, so if an accident does occur, you may be eligible for compensation, and our highly experienced team can support you through your claims journey.

It would be impossible for an employer to eliminate every risk in the workplace, as accidents can and do happen. However, they have a duty to take reasonable steps to keep employees safe and make sure risks are reduced wherever possible. This is particularly the case when it comes to workplace equipment.

The term ‘equipment’ in the context of the workplace is wide ranging and encompasses everything from power tools and heavy machinery to kitchen appliances. Whether in small offices or large industrial factories, the equipment we use is integral to many working environments. Employers have a strict duty of care to ensure that all workplace equipment is safe for use by their employees. Faulty equipment accidents could often be easily be avoided if all health and safety measures are utilised and followed by an employer.

Common risks caused by faulty equipment or machinery include:
  • A missing or defective safety guard on a piece of machinery.
  • Poorly maintained electrical sockets/cabling
  • Malfunctioning equipment.
  • Equipment/machinery provided not being fit for the job an employee is being asked to undertake.
  • Inadequate training provided by an employer.
Examples of safety measures required of employers include:
  • Carrying out adequate training on the use of equipment.
  • Providing appropriate personal protective equipment (‘PPE’).
  • Undertaking risk assessments on equipment to minimise the risk of injury.
  • Ensure equipment is regularly inspected.
  • Repairing or replacing faulty or broken equipment.
  • Provide employees adequate training on the use of equipment

Health & Safety laws aim to ensure reasonable steps are put in place by employers to protect their employees – including making sure you have the training and protective equipment needed to avoid an injury due to faulty equipment. However, these systems can break down when an employer fails to follow the rules and regulations or an accident is caused by the actions (or omissions) of a colleague.

If you do suffer an injury caused by faulty equipment, which wasn’t your fault, Minster Law may be able to help you receive compensation. We will act promptly to ensure the circumstances surrounding the accident are investigated quickly, so the cause of the accident is identified and those responsible are held accountable. We understand you may have concerns about claiming against your employer, but we’re here to guide you and give you the right advice and help when you need it.

Help & Advice

If you have an accident that causes you injury that's someone else’s fault, you may well have a personal injury claim. But what if the accident happened at work? Bringing a claim against your employer can seem scary, but we're here to help. Click below to find out more.