Employers in Ireland are required under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work legislation to ensure that the equipment provided to you is safe and properly maintained. You should always be entitled to go into your place of work and not suffer injury or harm by the equipment provided or even lack of equipment. Unfortunately in Ireland a large proportion of employees suffer injury in their workplace as a consequence of faulty or absent equipment. This is something we have seen as personal injury solicitors over many years’ experience.
Some examples of cases we have seen:
- Ladders collapsing
- Inadequate guards on cutters which do not protect fingers
- Tools which are worn down and break causing injury such as sharp blades snapping
- Adapting equipment for a job that it is not intended causing injury
Typical Injuries Suffered
Injuries involving defective equipment tends to include fractures from a fall from a height and crushing or amputations caused by unguarded machinery.
Therefore, there is a heavy obligation on employers to ensure that workplace and industrial equipment is safe and that employees are trained on its use and the risk of improper usage. It is important that maintenance logs are kept and that any health risks against the employee are not ignored and corners are never cut in training, maintenance and inspection of equipment. Ultimately it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that there is safe place of work and a safe system of work provided.
Our personal injury compensation claims solicitors
If you have suffered injury connected with dangerous work equipment you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We believe in putting you our client first and we are committed to achieving the best result possible while all the time remaining sensitive to your needs. Please feel free to reach out to us below and will be pleased to discuss your case and offer no obligation advice.