Defective Work Equipment

by Dean Talbot

If your accident claim arises from an injury at work, this could be covered by one of numerous regulations designed to protect the employee.

Employees are protected by regulations which cover dangerous workplaces, defective systems of work and/or manual handling operations, and work equipment. Employers are required to ensure that work equipment provided to the employee is fit for the purpose for which it was intended and if it is not, then the employer may be liable for any accident claim that results from an injury.

"Work equipment" is a very wide definition and can include anything from tools, to materials, to machinery and in fact anything that could be reasonably required for the employee to complete their work. The definition is therefore very wide and covers most items that you would use in the course of your employment. If your injury results from a defect with your work equipment, you may have a claim.

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