Working at height if not carried out correctly can result in significant injury to employees. Employers should always consider whether it is possible to carry out a job without having to work at height. If this cannot be done then the job must be planned and risk assessed and relevant equipment such as scaffolding and harnesses should be used.
An accident involving falling from height does not necessarily mean that you have had to fall many feet to the ground. The law also covers accidents such as falling from ladders and stepladders if they have been used in an unsafe manner or have not been adequately maintained.
Falls from ladders are a very common causes of injury. If ladders and stepladders are not used correctly then they can lead to serious injury. Ladder and stepladder accidents can be caused if the ladder is defective in any way, it does not have non slips grips on the steps or anti slip feet or the ladder is used on an uneven surface. It is the employer's duty if they provide the equipment to check that it is in good working order and is maintained properly. A ladder should always be footed to prevent it coming away from the wall or should be secured if being used against racking. Employers should also consider whether another form of working at height equipment such as scaffolding or a mobile work platform is more appropriate.
Mobile work platforms also known as tower scaffolds are widely used and can provide an effective and safe means of gaining access to work at height. They allow employees to work with both hands and to have a secure platform underfoot. However we have dealt with a number of claims where poor construction or inadequate guard rails have led to accident and injury. Towers can collapse if sections are left out during the construction process. Before working on a tower the employer must be satisfied that it is the most suitable item of equipment for the job.
There are a variety of roof-related jobs whether on a building site or not which put workers at a real risk of injury. These may include falls from roof structures, through skylights, through existing openings, and other hazards. With proper safety precaution and equipment, many of these injuries should be avoided.
Unfortunately falling from a height can result in serious injuries - fractures, head injuries, soft tissue injuries - and falls from height are still the number one cause of fatalities in the UK workplace. These cause huge emotional, physical and sometimes psychological distress to our clients and we pride ourselves in making sure that the claim for compensation reflects this as well as recovering any loss of earnings or other financial losses.
Our teams of personal injury claims handlers are experts in dealing with falling from height accidents. If you are unsure whether you have a claim please either contact us by telephone or use the contact us box and one of our specialist team will be happy to give you free advice.