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Inadequate PPE Claims

We can help you with Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Claims.

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Dangerous working conditions often require workers to use some form of safety equipment. Equipment which protects against accident in the workplace risks is often referred to as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

PPE can include all kinds of safety gear, each protecting against different kinds of hazards.

PPE Equipment Examples

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Masks and respirators
  • Protective footwear
  • Overalls or protective suits
  • Hard hats or helmets
  • Ear defenders
  • Safety harnesses for working at height

Inadequate protective equipment

If you work with PPE, you are entrusting your health and safety to that equipment. If that PPE is unsuitable, or in poor condition, you may no longer receive the safety benefits intended. The law surrounding PPE is mostly contained in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 found here.

Depending on the hazards you are facing, inadequate PPE can easily lead to injuries or the development of industrial diseases. These include:

  • Broken bones, soft-tissue injuries, lacerations
  • Burns
  • Industrial deafness
  • Eye damage or loss of sight
  • Occupational asthma or other lung conditions

Inadequate PPE can cover many situations, including PPE which is:

  • In poor condition and no longer provides protection.
  • Unsuitable protection from the hazard you are facing. For example, a breathing mask which can only filter large particles, such as dust, is no protection from finer particles, such as harmful chemicals.
  • Ill-fitting or incompatible with other PPE which you must wear.

It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure the PPE you have been given is fit for purpose. Your employer must also provide training for using the PPE correctly. Failing to do so could constitute negligence and may give rise to an accident at work compensation claim.

Inadequate PPE Claims FAQs

Why should I make a PPE compensation claim?2023-01-18T17:06:40+00:00

Claiming compensation for inadequate PPE can help get your life back to normal as far as possible following an accident.

The purpose of compensation is to return you, through financial means, to your pre-accident situation. Whilst it is unfortunately true that some harm cannot be ‘fixed’ with any amount of money, compensation can mitigate the negative effects from the accident and help you to rebuild your life. In the aftermath of your accident, you may have to adjust to a new way of living. This can be stressful enough without financial worries placed on top – compensation can help to ease these added pressures.

But if you are claiming for an injury because of inadequate or defective safety equipment, there are other issues at stake. Besides countering the negative effects you have suffered, your claim represents making a stand for what’s right. You are claiming recompense to which you are entitled, and your claim can act as a strong deterrent against similar conduct or negligence in the future. It can prevent the same thing from happening to others.

Making a successful personal injury claim for inadequate PPE

To be successful in your personal injury claim, you must prove several legal elements:

  • Your employer failed in their duty of care towards you;
  • Their failure caused your injury; and
  • The injuries and losses you are claiming for are reasonable.

Employers have general legal duties which require them to keep their workers as safe as possible. This requires them to do all they reasonably can to ensure health and safety. But in relation to PPE there are more specific duties with which employers must comply. The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 direct employers to:

  • Conduct a full risk assessment as to the hazards in the workplace and the PPE required to protect against them.
  • Make sure PPE is suitable to provide the appropriate level of protection.
  • Keep PPE properly maintained in a good condition.
  • Monitor the use and maintenance of PPE.
  • Display safety signs to remind workers when PPE must be worn.
  • Train workers in the correct use of the PPE, including when and how it must be used, and how to check it is in good repair and working order.

The Regulations also make it clear that the need for PPE should be avoided if at all possible. Supplying PPE should only be used as a last resort where those risks cannot be eliminated or reduced by any other means.

If your employer has not met their duties under these regulations, and you have suffered an injury, this will provide a strong basis for a claim.

What can I include in my PPE compensation claim?2023-01-18T17:07:54+00:00

Your injuries will likely be the main ‘harm’ for which you are claiming compensation. Compensation awarded for injuries is based upon two things:

  • The pain and suffering the injuries have caused you; and
  • What the injuries have prevented you from doing, or enjoying in normal life.

However, it is unlikely that your injuries will be the only loss you have suffered. Many financial losses can follow on from an accident, or occur as a consequence of your injuries. Some standard categories of losses are:

  • Loss of earnings – When you have been forced to miss work or otherwise lose out on income. This can cover many kinds of income such as: lost wages, bonus payments, commission, or anticipated earnings.
  • Travel expenses – For journeys made necessary by the accident, such as to attend your GP or hospital.
  • Medical expenses and treatment costs – To assist your recovery, such as painkillers or rehabilitation treatment.
  • Care and assistance – Where friends, family, or healthcare professionals are required to help you in your daily life.

There are many other kinds of loss for which you can claim compensation. If you would like to know more, download our free ebook: The Ultimate Personal Injury Compensation Guide.

How long do I have to make an inadequate PPE claim?2023-01-18T17:09:12+00:00

All personal injury claims are restricted by legal time limits. The usual time limit for personal injury claims is 3 years, meaning that claim must be settled, or court proceedings commenced, within 3 years of the accident.

There are exceptions to this, however. For example, if you have suffered an industrial disease due to inadequate PPE, then it may not be obvious when exactly your ‘injury’ was caused. With industrial diseases like occupational asthma, it may be some time after the harmful exposure before any symptoms develop. In cases like this, a 3-year time limit runs instead from the date when you knew, or ought to have had known, of the harm you had suffered. Often this will be when you were diagnosed with your condition.

Further exceptions may apply to these time limit rules as well, meaning the situation can become complicated. It is always advisable to act as soon as possible if you think you may have a personal injury claim. If you are concerned about time limits or wish to know where you stand, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have suffered an injury at work or developed an industrial disease as a result of inadequate PPE, you may be able to claim compensation from your employer.

Truth Legal’s specialist personal injury and accident at work solicitors can help you to recover this compensation. We will work tirelessly to build your case and achieve the positive outcome you deserve. Our firm prides itself on delivering an ethical, honest, and efficient service, whilst having an in-depth knowledge of PPE claims.

Let us help you to claim the compensation you deserve.

Why should I contact Truth Legal?

Funding optionsAt Truth Legal, we pride ourselves on giving clients an ethical and honest service. Trust is a huge consideration when it comes to selecting your legal representatives; without it, your claim may only add to an already distressing situation.

We offer:

  • Free initial consultations
  • Specialist technical knowledge and experience – so you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.
  • Practical advice – tailored to your situation.
  • Strong representation – fighting for the compensation and outcome you deserve.
  • Support and compassion – friendly, knowledgeable professionals on your side through a difficult time.

Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors and Legal Executives have the abilities to recover the compensation you deserve.

We have offices in Harrogate, Hull and Leeds, with a presence in York, Manchester and London, but we help clients nationwide.

To find out more, read our blog:


5 Reasons Why Truth Legal Might Be Right For Your Personal Injury Claim

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