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For years, safety helmets have helped prevent numerous employees from suffering construction accidents. Although some believe this equipment is unflattering or uncomfortable to wear, few will argue that they are a vital part of workplace safety. Unfortunately, there have been concerns that fake helmets are entering the UK from overseas – and these could put lives in danger.

How do I spot these counterfeit helmets?

In 2013, JSP, a provider of personal protective equipment, issued a warning advising people to be wary of counterfeit safety helmets. It is believed that this equipment originally came from the Middle East or Asia and was such poor quality that testers managed to break one simply by using their bare hands.

Obviously, instead of helping to prevent workers from sustaining harm in construction accidents, this apparel will provide little to no protection. According to JSP, the equipment resembles the company's MkII safety helmets – a product which has been used in Britain for more than 35 years.

Fortunately, although this gear looks like the genuine product, these counterfeits can be identified by establishing whether:

  • The symbols "Burley" and "MkII" are located under the hat's brim. If the helmet is fake, these logos should be visible in this location.
  • The instruction manual is an original copy. Documents accompanying the counterfeit products are usually either non-existent, a photocopy, poorly spelled, or lacking contact details for the manufacturer.
  • The helmet looks genuine. Poor imitations might have inconsistent colours or barely visible markings.
  • The helmet can sufficiently withstand damage.

If you discover one of these fraudulent products, the British Safety Industry Federation states "they should not be worn" and recommends they be "destroyed immediately."

I was hurt due to a fake safety helmet – can I claim compensation?

When there is a hazard in the workplace, employers should adhere to the requirements of The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 and provide those at risk with suitable safety clothing.

As well as supplying appropriate gear, managers must also adhere to the other requirements contained in this legislation, such as making sure that this equipment is used properly, fitted correctly, and in "efficient working order".

Therefore, if an employer fails to ensure the legitimacy of protective apparel, they could not only place the lives of their staff members in danger – but may also be found liable if those affected pursue compensation.

If you believe you're entitled to receive damages for your workplace accident, get in touch with our specialist head injury solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co. We have helped numerous individuals make compensation claims and could benefit you as well. To find out further details, please complete an online enquiry form or call us today on 0370 218 4025.

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