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Defective workplace equipment claims

If you have suffered an accident at work because the workplace equipment you used was faulty you may be able to bring a compensation claim.  Your employer has a duty to inspect, maintain and repair equipment properly.  You will need to prove that your employer was negligent and did not carry out their duty of care towards you to succeed in your claim.

Our specialist accident at work claims lawyers are experienced in bringing this type of claim on behalf of injured workers. The team has dealt with claims relating to all types of faulty equipment, including stair walkers, chainsaws, mitre saws, factory production machines, ladders, fork lift trucks, tail lifts, doors, gates, scaffolding, and unsafe floors and ceilings. 

Workplace injuries caused by faulty equipment can lead to serious and potentially life-changing injuries including amputation, spinal injury, brain injury, and orthopaedic injuries. Some people can also suffer psychological problems after such accidents that require treatment including cognitive behaviour therapy before they can return to work.

Defective equipment case study


Faulty brakes on stair walker

Ian was working for a telecommunications business as a driver/ warehouse assistant. 

In the course of his employment he was asked to go to a local supermarket to move a heavy telecommunications unit down an external metal fire escape. Ian’s supervisor instructed him to use an electronic folding stair walker for the task. Ian put the unit on the stair walker, strapped it and began walking downstairs. 

Theoretically, when the stair walker reached the edge of each step, it was supposed to sense this, stop and then it could be pushed down the next step manually by Ian.

However, instead as it approached the edge of the first step, instead of stopping, it continued over the edge and began to fall down the flight of stairs. 

Instinctively, Ian held onto the stair walker in an attempt to prevent both it and the unit falling down the steps onto a colleague below. As the stair walker fell down the steps, Ian suffered a fracture dislocation injury to his right shoulder which required surgery. His recovery was complicated by the development of adhesive capsulitis. He also suffered a laceration and scarring to his forehead, and psychological symptoms.

Ian’s employers initially denied responsibility for the accident saying that the equipment was not faulty and failed to provide a full copy of the post-accident report on the stair walker. Leigh Day managed to acquire a copy of this report which stated that the brake sensor was defective. 

Leigh Day settled Ian’s claim for a five-figure sum of compensation. 

To speak to our accident at work team please call 0161 393 3570 or complete our enquiry form and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.  If you are too unwell to come to our offices we can come to you.

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