Common work place accidents, Day 4 – Injuries Caused By Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Common Workplace Accidents Day 4. Injuries Caused By Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Accidents in the workplace tend to happen when employers fail to provide appropriate protective equipment (PPE) for workers. Employers have a duty of care to their employees to prove adequate PPE to those who need them. Some common PPE in use to prevent injury are;

• Gloves
• Steel toe capped boots
• Protective overalls
• High-vis jackets
• Hard Hats
• Safety Harness
• Protective masks
• Eye protection goggles
• Ear protection mufflers

In cases where an employer failed to provide adequate PPE, this is seen as a breach in their duty of care and when this happens, injuries occur. Some common examples of inadequate equipment are:

• Eye goggles that slip off
• Safety boots that don’t fit or are not suitable for the work environment
• Hard hats that don’t fit correctly
• Gloves that don’t fit or are worn or have holes in them
• Protective masks that are worn or have holes in them
Avoiding Injuries caused by inadequate PPE *
Section 8 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 tell us that employers must:
• Ensure all PPE is maintained in good working order, have adequate storage and that repairs, maintenance and replacements are carried out as needed
• Ensure that PPC is adequate for the job at hand
• Review the use of PPE periodically
• Ensure that PPE is used only for its intended purpose
• Ensure is employee must wear more than one form of PPE that all PPEs are compatible
• Inform employees of risks
• Provide instruction to employees on how to use the PPE
• Arrange for training where necessary to employees