Quick Guide: making a claim for Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment

Posted Jul 16, 2020.


Personal Protective Equipment – PPE for short – has been in the news a lot over the past few months as we all continue to adjust to the changing demands in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For many people though, PPE is an essential part of staying safe in their working lives, so what steps can be taken should you suffer from an injury or illness as a result of not being given appropriate and adequate PPE?

The type of PPE needed very much depends on the job being undertaken and the environment that is being worked in. Different types of PPE include:

 

  • Safety goggles and ear defenders
  • Masks and respirators
  • Hard hats and safety helmets
  • Overalls, protective suits and gloves
  • Footwear, including chemical-resistant rubber and steel toe-cap boots
  • Safety harnesses for working at height

PPE and the law

Most of the law in England and Wales regarding PPE can be found in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (link here). It is the responsibility of your employer to provide you with PPE that is both suitable for the task in hand and that is also in good condition, as PPE that is poorly maintained or in certain circumstances out of date may result in lack of adequate protection. Inadequate PPE includes items that are in poor condition and, as a result, no longer protects the user properly; incompatible or badly fitting equipment; and PPE that is unsuitable for the potential hazards involved – for example, some face masks that protect well against larger dust particles may offer no protection against chemicals or finer particles.

In addition to providing you with the correct PPE, your employer must also ensure that you have received up to date, correct training in its use. Failure to do so may well constitute negligence on by your employer and could result in an accident at work compensation claim. The types of Injuries, illnesses and long-term conditions such as industrial disease resulting from incorrect PPE can include:

  • Damage to eyes or even loss of eyesight
  • Soft tissue injuries, lacerations and broken bones
  • Burns, both chemical and from heat sources
  • Industrial deafness or tinnitus
  • Lung and breathing conditions such as asthma and asbestosis

PPE Compensation Claims Advice

At Bakers we pride ourselves on our experience and success in representing claimants who have been injured  at work through no fault of their own, helping them to receive compensation that they are properly entitled to. Our professional, friendly team will give you an honest, free and ‘plain English’ appraisal of your claim and we love to delight our clients when they receive the injury compensation they deserve. 

If you would like us to handle your personal injury compensation claim, you can contact us online or by phone on 01252 744600.


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