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Everyday I help tradesmen and labourers who have been injured while using power tools and other machinery win compensation. The vast majority of this equipment is owned by their employer

When they are using their own tools and have accidents the scope to claim compensation for injury is greatly decreased.  Even more so for those tinkering in a bit of DIY and inexperienced using power tools.

However, if the machinery is inherently faulty then compensation may be an option from the manufacturer or seller of the faulty equipment.  Provided it has not been previously broken or altered by the customer.

When you need tools for your trade, or fancy DIY, one of the most common ways to get the right equipment is to go to one of the many hire shops that offer top of the range equipment, such as Jewson or Speedy Hire.

I was therefore shocked to discover that 50% of the DIY tools rented out by hire firms failed safety tests.  The results were revealed by an undercover investigation.

Problems ranged from the common such as dangerous plugs, broken and damaged blades, and unearthed wires to the unbelievable, such as tin foil being used as a make-shift fuse.

At Speedy Hire 3 out of 3 tools tested had faults, including a wallpaper stripper that was leaking steam.

The only company to provide equipment without faults was HSS Hire.

When people become injured in a DIY accident, there is a tendency to blame this on inexperience or mistake.  Given these results hire companies will need to re-think their health and safety policy or face a wholesale increase in personal injury compensation claims.

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