Falling from height is one of the most common causes of personal injury in the UK. It’s no surprise when you think how many thousands of builders and workmen use ladders and scaffolding in their daily jobs. Ladders and other forms of scaffolding are also used in a wide range of different sectors including in warehouses and even some department stores.
Falling from Height Injuries
Falls from height more often than not cause life-changing injuries for the individual. They can lead to broken bones and even major disabilities and fatalities. According to the Health and Safety Executive, there were more than 60,000 non-fatal injuries due to falls from height in 2019 alone.
The Obligations of your Employer
As with many dangerous activities, working from height comes with its own set of rules and regulations. Put simply, your employer has a legal duty of care to ensure that all safety procedures are followed. This is covered under The Work at Height Regulations 2005.
If you are working on scaffolding or up a ladder, for example, your employer needs to ensure that you are trained to do the job and that you have the right safety equipment being used. If you fall and it can be shown they have failed to follow the regulations, then you may be able to claim compensation. Employers could be seen as negligent if they are asking workers to do things that are patently dangerous – for example, using a ladder where scaffolding would be more appropriate and secure.
Another example would be not having safety barriers in place on scaffolding or expecting people to work in wet and slippery conditions or without the right equipment. Unfortunately, the type of injuries that we see with this sort of accident tend to be life changing. Falling from height in a location like a construction site can lead to severe disability and many months if not years of rehabilitation.
When to claim compensation
It is important if you were injured because of an accident involving a ladder or scaffolding where you fell from a height that you seek the advice of a qualified personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.
A compensation claim can help with financial challenges such as loss of income, particularly if you are now unable to do the job you used to and earn the same amount of money. It can also help with the cost of treatments and rehabilitation and making adjustments to your daily living if you are left disabled.
The team at Accinet have fought and won many falling from height claims and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our expert solicitors will be able to give you an initial assessment free of charge so you understand fully what your next step should be. If it’s agreed that you do have a compensation case, you’ll be offered what’s called a no win no fee arrangement.
This essentially means that you don’t pay any upfront fees while the action is being undertaken. Fees are taken from any settlement when the claim has been successful. If the claim is not successful, then you don’t pay anything.
If you have been in an accident involving ladders or scaffolding and a fall from height, contact our professional team of solicitors today.