Falls from heights are the most common cause of workplace injuries in the UK. They are also extremely likely to cause serious injuries. The injuries sustained from a fall from height are wide ranging, including fractures, broken bones, concussion, brain injuries, paralysis, and unfortunately death.
Despite their incidence a fall at work is easy to prevent. Many people suffer debilitating injuries due to falls at work which may leave them in financial difficulties.
It is a legal duty of employers to protect the safety of its employees, including preventing them from suffering a fall from height. The Work at Height Regulations of 2005 was brought in to protect anyone who has to work at height. It gives guidelines that employers must follow to ensure safety is maintained. If these guidelines have not been followed and you have been injured as a result, you may be entitled to make a work accident compensation claim. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation to workers who become injured through a fall at work.
Below is a list of several accidents that can cause a fall from height injury:
- Fall from ladders
- Fall from/through roof
- Fall through skylight
- Fall from scaffolding
- Other falls
Fall from ladders – Ladders should be clean, well maintained and suited to the particular job. Ladders must be ‘footed’ or stabilised at the bottom and placed on a good and even surface using its anti-slip feet.
Fall from/through roof – Roofs are fragile and dangerous places to work. All safety guidelines must be followed when working on roofs.
Fall through skylight – Workers can fall through open skylights or stand on them, unaware of their fragility.
Fall from scaffolding – Falling from scaffolding is a common accident on building and construction sites. Although using scaffolding is considered a safer alternative to using ladders, it has to be used and maintained properly within health and safety guidelines.
Other falls – There are many accidents that can cause a fall from height including, any edge or platform that is not protected by a warning sign or barrier.
If you have suffered injuries due to a fall at work, or have lost a loved one this way, then please call for our expert advice. We are skilled professionals who have handled many cases like yours, providing victims with the compensation they are entitled to. At Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors we work hard for you to make your compensation claim. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation to victims of falls from height at work.
Making a fall from height compensation claim
At Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors we have vast experience in dealing with industrial accident compensation claims. We can provide you with a top UK work accident claim lawyer who is a specialist in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the compensation package you are entitled too.
Call 0800 2800 976 or 01625 667 166, from mobiles, or contact us now at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors and talk to one of our team about your fall from height injury.