According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), in 2010/11 there were 171 employee fatalities caused by accidents in the workplace and more than 600,000 self-reported work injuries.
Furthermore, RoSPA estimates that 12,000 employees die every year after having been exposed to harmful working conditions in a previous job.
Not only are 26.4 million working days lost annually through worker injury and illness, but hundreds of people’s lives are affected by the mobility problems, health issues, pain and financial loss caused by preventable incidents.
Employers have a duty of care towards all of their staff, whether they are permanent or temporary, and under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations 1992 (revised in 2002), they must provide workers with suitable clothing and equipment for protective purposes.
If risks to worker safety cannot be removed or controlled in any other way, PPE must be available to employees so that they are protected from reasonably foreseeable harm.
Employers must assess any hazards and ensure that the PPE will offer suitable protection from the health and safety risk.
The equipment must be stored correctly and maintained so that the amount of protection it offers a worker is not diminished by poor condition.
It is important that employers provide instructions for correct use of PPE, or train their staff in its use, so that workers understand how, when and why it is to be utilised. Failure to provide this information could result in an employee suffering injury after having used the protective equipment incorrectly.
A more in-depth overview of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 is available by clicking here.
If you have suffered a non-fault work accident after not having been provided with suitable personal protective equipment, you could be eligible to make a claim for pain, medical bills and loss of earnings.
The expert solicitors at George Ide are based in West Sussex, and have helped hundreds of people receive the remuneration they deserve.
We endeavor to negotiate the very best settlement possible for all of our claimants, making sure that we fully asses treatment and rehabilitation needs, to provide them with a financially secure future.
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