All accidents at work can lead to serious injuries, falling from a height is extremely likely to result in serious injury and is the single biggest cause of fatalities at work. If you, or a loved one has been injured in a fall from height at work which wasn’t their fault you may be entitled to compensation.
Cleversons Solicitors have a specialist team of personal injury solicitors who can assist you in the claims process and help you on the road to recovery. We’ve helped hundreds of clients get the compensation they deserve for their fall from height at work and understand how much of an impact it can have on you and your family.
During 2020/21 in the UK alone 35 people died after falling from a height whilst working, this accounts for 25% of all worker deaths over the year. This highlights the risks involved with working at a height and there’s a wide range of different accidents which can result in a fall from a height including:
Regardless of which industry you work in, employers have a legal obligation to protect their employees from harm. Some jobs require a large amount of working at height while others shouldn’t require any. If your job requires working at height regularly your employer should ensure you have been provided with the correct equipment, training, and assistance.
Employers must ensure that work at height is thoroughly planned, supervised, and carried out by competent, trained employees. They should also provide the required equipment such as scaffolding and ladders to access the location.
If you’re employer has failed to provide you with the correct equipment, training or supervision and you have suffered an injury in a fall from height you could be entitled to claim compensation. A claim can be submitted within three years of the accident date and you’ll receive compensation for your injuries and any loss of earnings or expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
In line with the work at height regulations when planning to carry out a task whilst working at a height you must consider all of the following:
The law states that ladders can be used for work at height when a risk assessment has shown that using equipment which offers a high level of fall protection is not justified because of the low risk and short duration of use, or there are existing workplace features which cannot be altered.
Short duration should not be the deciding factor in establishing whether an activity is acceptable or not – your employer should have first considered the risk. As a guide, if your task requires staying up a leaning ladder or stepladder for more than 30 minutes at a time it’s recommended that you consider alterative equipment.
Ladders should only be used in situations where they can be used safely, for example where the ladder will be level and stable, and where its reasonably practicable to do so, the ladder can be secured.
Your employer should make sure that people with sufficient skills, knowledge and experience are employed to perform the task, or, if they are being trained, that they work under the supervision of an experienced employee.
In the case of low-risk, short duration tasks involving ladders, competence requirements may be more than making sure employees receive instruction on how to use the equipment safely and appropriate training. Training often takes place on the job, shadowing other staff members whilst receiving guidance on best practices.
When a more technical level of competence is required, for example drawing up a plan for assembling a complex scaffold, existing training and certification schemes drawn up by trade associations is one way to help demonstrate competence.
Cleversons Solicitors have a dedicated team of personal injury solicitors who can help you make a full recovery and get some normality back to your life following a fall from a height at work. We understand that although your injuries may be physical, an accident at work can also have a profound effect on your mental health and can make it difficult to return to work.
We’ve helped thousands of clients get the compensation and support they deserve following their accident at work, speak to one of our team today by calling 0800 368 5102 or complete an online enquiry form.