If your day job involves working at height, you may be at risk of potentially life-threatening injuries. In order to prevent accidents at work, employers should take the necessary health and safety steps.
If you’ve been injured at work, and you believe that you were not at fault, you may wish to claim compensation.
Safety procedures when working at height
If you’re working at height, for example, you’re fitting new tiles on a roof, or you’re working from scaffolding, it’s essential to follow health and safety procedures in order to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related injuries.
Here are some safety tips to help you stay fit and healthy at work and avoid falls from height:
- Always use suitable personal protective equipment
- Ensure that all equipment is in good condition beforehand
- Follow the relevant safety protocol when using ladders
- Avoid working alone
- Wear suitable footwear
- Follow advice from your supervisor in adverse weather conditions
Employers must enforce guidelines to protect their employees; this includes:
- Providing training
- Carrying out regular risk assessments
- Recording details of any accidents
- Ensuring that all personal protective equipment is in good working order
- Ensuring that all workers have access to the relevant safety equipment
When can I claim compensation for a work accident?
If you’ve had an accident at work and you were not to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.
Compensation claims are approved in cases where an employer is liable for work-related injuries. An example may include a worker being given defective safety equipment, for example. All claims must be processed within three years of the accident.
If you’ve been injured at work, and you’re not sure whether or not you can make a claim, why not visit Accident Advice Helpline online and take our 30-second eligibility test? All you have to do is answer some quick questions and we can give you an idea of whether or not you can claim and how much your compensation payout could be worth.
Alternatively, you can call one of our friendly advisors to go through the details of your work accident claim. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, and on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We work on a no-win no-fee* basis and the majority of our claimants never have to go to court. Call us today to claim the compensation you deserve without any stress.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice