How To Claim Compensation If Injured Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Boots?

By Olivia Trent. Last updated 4th March 2021. If you were injured due to a lack of work safety boots, you could be entitled to compensation. This guide will explore how you could get the payout you deserve.

You are entitled to a safe working environment at work. In some lines of work, this will mean your employer is obliged to provide you with certain safety equipment. In addition to this, your employer is supposed to perform risk assessments to identify potential risks and hazards which would require personal protective equipment to deal with. In this guide, we will discuss protective equipment for the feet.

Injured due to lack of work safety boots

Injured due to lack of work safety boots

If you get injured while at work, and it has to do with the fact that your employer had not met their obligation to provide you with work safety boots, then they could have breached their duty of care towards you. If your employer breaches their duty of care and you get hurt as a result you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation. That is what this guide is about and it is what Legal Helpline specialises in.

If at any time you have a question or would like to proceed with a claim, please call us using the number at the top of this page.

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  1. A Guide To Lack Of Work Safety Boots Injury Claims
  2. What Is Workplace Safety Footwear?
  3. Work Safety Boots Health And Safety Regulations
  4. Do Employers Have An Obligation To Provide Safety Footwear?
  5. Safety Footwear For Agency, Self-Employed Or Contract Workers
  6. What Is A Lack Of PPE Footwear?
  7. What Foot Injuries Could Be Caused By Insufficient Safety Footwear?
  8. Hazards Caused By Not Wearing Protective Footwear
  9. Warehouse Worker Injuries Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Footwear
  10. Construction Worker Injuries Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Boots
  11. Compensation Calculator For Injuries Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Boots
  12. Additional Compensation Which May Be Claimed
  13. No Win, No Fee Claims If Injured Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Boots
  14. Why Choose Legal Helpline For Your Case?
  15. Start A Claim Today
  16. Supporting Resources

A Guide To Lack Of Work Safety Boots Injury Claims

In 2020, HSE reported that non-fatal workplace injuries are on a downward trend. However, 0.7 million workers sustained non-fatal injuries that year, with some common causes including being struck by a moving object, and handling, lifting or carrying things. These incidents could lead to injury if the correct PPE is not provided.

In regards to PPE-related accidents specifically, RIDDOR reported that there were 24,182 accidents at work between 1996/97 and 2002/03 because people weren’t wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The same report estimated around 9,000 workers per year are injured due to a lack of work safety boots.

These figures show why it is important for employers to provide their staff with the right kind of PPE, and why it is important for employees who get injured at work to know when they have the right to seek compensation. That is what this guide aims to achieve. It contains information about what employers’ obligations are in providing protective footwear, what kinds of consequences there might be for failing to do so, and what kinds of accidents could allow someone to make a work injury claim against their employer.

We will explain how personal injury claims work, specifically, how compensation is calculated, how you can take advantage of the No Win, No Fee agreements we can provide and what the benefits of working with a Legal Helpline solicitor are.

Please remember that although an accident that was caused by your employer’s negligence could entitle you to claim compensation, you would probably receive a smaller amount if it was found that your own negligence had also contributed to the accident as well. There is also a three-year time limit to making personal injury claims, so if more than three years have passed since the accident, you may no longer have the right to start a compensation claim.

What Is Workplace Safety Footwear?

In some workplaces, wearing protective footwear is an important part of ensuring you’re safe. Depending on the workplace environment and the nature of the work you are doing there may be different types of protective footwear you need to use. In some workplaces, special non-slip shoes may need to be worn to prevent employees from slipping and falling on slippery floor surfaces. In other workplaces, hardened shoes may be necessary, such as shoes with metal toe caps to protect your feet from being injured by safety hazards.

Work Safety Boots Health And Safety Regulations

Safety boots are covered under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations Act 1992 along with other forms of personal protective equipment. Employers are obliged to provide them to their employees if the likes of risk assessments identify them as necessary to carry out tasks. Employers should also provide storage space for personal protective equipment when it is not being used by employees. For more information about the requirements of protective footwear in the workplace, please read this guide by the Health and Safety Executive. Alternatively, please read on to find out how to claim if you were injured due to a lack of work safety boots.

Do Employers Have An Obligation To Provide Safety Footwear?

Employers have an obligation to provide their employees with any personal protective equipment which they require for their job. This is a part of their general legal duties towards their employee’s health and safety. The Health And Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines an employer’s obligation to take all reasonable steps to prevent avoidable accidents and injuries. The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations Act 1992 further specifies an employer’s obligation to provide their employees with safety equipment. If you suffer an injury in an accident at work because your employer did not fulfil this obligation, then you could have grounds to make a personal injury claim against them.

Do Employees Pay For Work Safety Footwear? If your employer has made you pay for the foot safety footwear that is required in your place of work you ought to immediately contact a solicitor. Health and safety regulations determine that employers are obliged to provide personal protective equipment unconditionally. It is illegal for an employer to charge an employee for personal protective equipment that they need.

Safety Footwear For Agency, Self-Employed Or Contract Workers

Agency workers or temporary workers are entitled to the same health and safety protections as regular employees. When a worker is sent to an employer by their agency, that employer has the same responsibility for their health and safety as they do for the rest of their staff. However, an employee’s agency also has a responsibility to take steps to ensure their safety by ensuring that all prospective employers comply with their health and safety responsibilities.

Self-employed workers are responsible for their own health and safety and they are required to make sure that they make use of the correct safety equipment at all times while they are working.

What Is A Lack Of PPE Footwear?

As mentioned above, your employer is obligated to provide you with safety boots when it is necessary. If you were injured due to a lack of work safety boots, your employer could have acted in breach of health and safety rules.

An employer’s responsibility goes beyond just providing the protective footwear, they must also ensure that the protective footwear is suitable and effective. For example, they should not substitute a less effective model for a more effective one, such as providing shoes with plastic toe caps instead of steel toe caps. The shoes should also be in full working condition, so employers should not provide shoes that are damaged or the wrong size for the employee who is going to be wearing them. Providing protective shoes that are not fit for the task due to defects, for instance,  could leave employees without protection and could see an employer in breach of their duties of care.

What Foot Injuries Could Be Caused By Insufficient Safety Footwear?

Depending on the type of hazards present in the workplace and the type of safety footwear you should have, several different types of injuries could occur. In workplaces which would require employees to wear reinforced work boots, the feet could be crushed by falling objects or get caught in machinery, for example. There could also be a risk of penetrating or slashing injuries from sharp objects on or near the ground.

In other workplaces, wearing the proper safety footwear could prevent injuries happening to the rest of the body. This is the case with anti-slip footwear, designed to prevent the wearer from suffering falls which could lead to a wide variety of injuries to different parts of the body.

Hazards Caused By Not Wearing Protective Footwear

Protective footwear is designed to guard you against a wide variety of hazards that can exist in different workplaces. The following is a list of some of the hazards which might mean you’re injured due to a lack of work safety boots.

  • Electric shocks
  • Chemical burns
  • Exposure of the skin to toxic materials
  • Exposure to excessive vibration
  • Exposure to high temperatures
  • Exposure to flames
  • Blunt force trauma from falling objects
  • Crushing injuries from getting feet caught in something
  • Being run over by vehicles
  • Puncture and cutting injuries from sharp objects.

Any injury that occurs which could have been prevented by wearing protective footwear provided by your employer could potentially be grounds for making a personal injury claim. If the cause of your injury is not listed here, do not worry. Call our team of advisors on the number at the top of the page and they’ll advise you on your circumstances.

Warehouse Worker Injuries Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Footwear

A warehouse is one working environment in which protective footwear would probably have to be worn to keep employees safe from hazards. That means that employers must provide protective footwear. If they fail to do so and an employee suffers an injury, they could be subject to a personal injury claim. Protective footwear may have to be worn in a warehouse to prevent the following sorts of accidents and injuries.

  • Having objects fall on your feet
  • Slipping, tripping and falling on uneven or wet floors or packaging
  • Having your feet exposed to dangerous or toxic material being stored in the warehouse.
  • Having your feet run over by forklifts or trolleys used in the warehouse.

Construction Worker Injuries Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Boots

The construction industry is a working environment where wearing protective boots is necessary. Upon completion of risk assessments, employers in the construction sector should provide their employees with protective footwear. The kind of protective footwear that should be supplied for working on building sites are the reinforced kind, with thicker soles and materials as well as toe caps.

Construction sites can have the hazard of sharp objects on the ground, such as nails, wood splinters or broken glass. There is a threat of falling material such as brickwork too. These boots must also be able to handle mud and ice on the ground.

If you’re injured due to a lack of work safety boots on a construction site because your employer failed to provide you with protective footwear, you could be entitled to claim.

Compensation Calculator For Injuries Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Boots

You are probably interested to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to claim for your accident. We cannot give you an accurate figure at this stage as calculations have to be made based on your particular circumstances. But we can outline what your compensation will consist of and how it is calculated. Below, you’ll find some relevant injuries and their potential payouts. This data has been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a legal publication used by solicitors and the courts to value claims. 

InjuryNotesCompensation
Amputation of both feetExact compensation will depend on whether the feet were removed traumatically or surgically.£158,970 to £189,110
Amputation of one footExact compensation will depend on whether the feet were removed traumatically or surgically£78,800 to £102,890
Very severe foot injuryAn injury causing severe pain and disability, such as the loss of the forefoot.£78,800 to £102,890
Severe foot injuryInjuries causing severe lasting pain and restriction of mobility, such as fracturing both heels or degloving of the foot.£39,390 to £65,710
Serious foot injuryLess serious injuries than those described above but still leading to lasting pain as a result of developing arthritis later on.£23,460 to £36,790
Moderate foot injuryDisplaced metatarsal fractures leading to permanent symptoms and deformity.£12,900 to £23,460
Modest foot injuriesSimple fractures or soft tissue injuries which either cause more minor lasting symptoms or which heal after a period of time.Up to £12,900
Amputation of all toesLoss of every toe on both feet.£34,270 to £52,620
Amputation of great toeLoss of the big toe on one of either feet.In the region of £29,380

This table could also be known as a personal injury claims calculator. It shows how much financial value is attributed to injuries depending on their severity and how much they are going to affect the victim’s life going forward. 

To get a more precise valuation relevant to your case, why not call our team on the number at the top of this page?

Additional Compensation Which May Be Claimed

It’s also possible to recover expenses and financial losses as a result of being injured due to a lack of work safety boots. Some of the types of things you can recover include:

  • Medical care costs
  • Disability care costs
  • Travelling costs
  • Loss of income

You must keep hold of all paperwork related to your losses and expenses, anything from a bus ticket to a wage slip to an invoice should be filed in a safe place as it could be used as evidence to calculate how much compensation you might be owed.

No Win, No Fee Claims If Injured Due To A Lack Of Work Safety Boots

Our panel of solicitors can give you the option of entering into a No Win, No Fee Agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). The CFA is designed to offer claimants financial protection and the confidence to pursue justice. If you sign a CFA with a solicitor from our panel, you will not have to pay any fees upfront, nor will you have to pay any fees during your claim either. And if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of the fees your solicitor has incurred in pursuing your case.

If your claim is successful, your solicitor may seek a small contribution towards their costs. This is known as a ‘success fee’ and would be deducted from the compensation awarded at the end of the claim. Don’t worry, the success fee is legally capped and will be agreed upon with you before the claim begins.

Why Choose Legal Helpline For Your Case?

We know there are plenty of legal firms out there who can handle an accident at work compensation claim. However, we believe that working with Legal Helpline and the specialist solicitors on our panel will give you the best chance of winning compensation. The solicitors on our panel are vastly experienced professionals, well-versed in the legal process, who will do everything they can to make sure you recover the maximum amount of compensation you could be entitled to.

Your personal injury solicitor will handle most of the work of putting your case together while you focus on recovering from your injury. Meanwhile, you will be given regular updates about how your case is progressing so that you are never left out of the loop. To get in touch about your claim for being injured due to a lack of work safety boots, please see the next section.

Start A Claim Today

You can begin your claim for being injured due to a lack of work safety boots with Legal Helpline today. By talking about your situation with one of the legal experts on our team, they’ll ask you questions about how your accident happened. If possible, they’ll offer to put you in touch with a personal injury solicitor so that you can start the personal injury claim.

You don’t have to intend to start a personal injury claim right away to call our team. They also provide advice and answer questions people have about how compensation claims work. So if you don’t know yet whether or not you intend to make a claim but you want some of the things in this guide clearing up you can get in touch and receive free advice and consultation from our team.

Our phone number is 0161 696 9685. You can use that to get in touch right away with our team. If you don’t wish to have a phone call right away you can arrange one for a time you prefer with our websites contact form here.

Injured at Work due to a Lack of Work Safety Boots FAQs

Here are some questions frequently asked by prospective claimants.

Does my employer have to provide me with safety boots?

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers are legally required to uphold a duty of care to their employees. For workers, their employers are obliged to provide them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as and when it’s needed.

What are my rights if I am injured at work?

If you’re injured at work, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim against your employer. Providing that their failings to uphold their duty of care to you resulted in your injury, you could be eligible for compensaion.

Supporting Resources

A Guide To Making Ankle Injury Claims

A Guide To Making Foot Injury Claims

A Guide To Making Accident At Work Claims

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