Common Injuries

  • Improper use of Work Equipments - Typically Accidents can occur in construction or industrial Environments from failing to provide Adequate Training and Supervision on useage of Work Equipment. For Example an improper use of a ladder or other Work Equipment necessary for working from heights.
  • Minor to serious and sometimes fatal Injuries – Accidents can occur from the improper use of pieces of Work Machinery Eqipment and Work Tools such as Fork Lift Trucks, Hand held tools and Operating Machines, where no Training, Inadequate or Limited Training in the use of Work Equipment
  • No Training, Inadequate or Limited Training in lifting procedures and/or not providing suitable lifting Work Equipment for the handling, lifting or carrying of objects or loads can cause back injuries or worsen an existing back condition (medically referred to as exacerbation)
  • Electrical Items - Electric shocks may result from the use of almost any Electrical Work Equipment such as electric drills, electric saws and operating machines, in an inappropriate manner.
  • Hot Substances or Chemical Substance Exposure – Burns or infections or other long-term medical conditions can develop from poor safety procedures from handling hot substances or chemicals if procedures are not in place or are not being followed.
  • Breaks - Failure to provide any or any adequate breaks in the pattern of work certain workers may develop repetitive strain injuries or specific conditions such as dermatitis, asthma or vibration white finger

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Legal Information

Statutory obligations require that “Every Employer shall ensure that all persons who use Work Equipment have received Adequate Training for purposes of Health and Safety, including Training in the methods which may be adopted when using the Work Equipment, any Risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken”

Your Employer has a duty to:

  • Assess your abilities;
  • Ensure that you receive adequate Training;
  • Provide you with regular refresher courses in order to ensure that you remember your training;
  • Make allowances for you if you are considered to be a vulnerable Employee;
  • Ensure that Training is adhered to by you and all other Employees;

Employers often fail to provide suitable Work Equipment, fail to organise the Work Equipment appropriately, fail to provide adequate manpower or fail to provide proper Training. If you feel that you were not provided with adequate Training by your Employer, and you have had an Accident at Work as a result, then Law Connect Solicitors can provide expert Legal Advice and guidance, helping you claim the financial compensation you deserve.

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Risk Assessment

The Assessment your Employer is obliged to carry out is referred to as a Risk Assessment. This has to be carried out by your Employer to identify any potential risks of Health and Safety taking into account working conditions, Risks caused by premises and the undertaking of the Work Eqipment in question by you as well as the specific use of the Work Equipment concerned.

This requires Employers to make arrangements to cover the 'effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review' of Health and Safety. Where the Employer employs five or more Employees, the Employer must record these details in writing. This is often known as the Health & Safety Policy document required by the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. Risk Assessments must take special account of any particular risks to young people.

Defective Work Equipment can also cause Injuries where the body is struck by the material being worked on, or by a part of the actual Work Equipment or even another Employee operating the Defective Work Equipment.

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