Making a PPE claim
If you have you been injured at work due to your employer failing to provide you with personal protective equipment then you may be entitled to make a PPE claim to recover compensation.
Employers have a legal responsibility to provide protective equipment to safeguard the wearer against risks to their health and their safety. Protective equipment includes gloves, boots, glasses, high visibility clothing and helmets.
The PPE must be suitable, both for the task and the user and be maintained and replaced as required. PPE training must also be provided to ensure that it is properly worn and used.
No charge can be made by the employer for providing PPE.
Failure by an employer to provide PPE in accordance with the Regulations can lead to a range of injuries, the most common of which include:
- head injuries;
- injuries to the hands; and
- foot injuries.
The PPE regulations changed in April 2022 to extend the duty of employers to provide PPE to ‘workers’, as well as ‘employees’. A ‘worker’ is anyone who performs work personally for anyone else without being formally employed as an employee, such as a person who works on a casual basis. It does not however include a client or a customer of the business.
So, if you sustain an injury at work that would have been avoided if the correct personal protective equipment had been provided to you, then contact one of our specialist personal injury solicitors about making a PPE claim.
We will assess your case free of charge and advise on whether you are entitled to recover compensation for your injuries and associated financial losses, such as medical expenses and lost earnings. If you have a claim then we will pursue it on a no win, no fee basis.
Start your PPE claim by calling our national helpline on 0333 888 0404 or emailing us at [email protected].