Injury Caused By Inappropriate or Defective Equipment

Defective/Unsuitable Work Equipment

Many employees are required to use work equipment in order to do the job required of them.  The definition of work equipment is quite broad, ranging from things like an electronic hand drill to a vacuum cleaner, and even a flagstone in the right context can be considered to be work equipment.
Your employer has a duty to ensure the work equipment is safe and suitable for your task.  This requires your employer to:-
  • Inspect the equipment regularly so that they can identify any issues as soon as possible
  • Have a system that will ensure adequate repairs take place and/or remove the equipment from use
  • Ensure you and your colleagues have the appropriate training and supervision for use of the work equipment