Falls can happen in all kinds of ways. For example you might fall over something in a corridor at work that is causing an obstruction. If this should occur you could hurt your hands in breaking your fall, or even some other part of your body if you suffer a particularly nasty fall.
There is also the prospect of falling from height. If your job involves working at height on a regular basis (or even just every now and then), there is a need to ensure you can do that work safely. Your employer should risk-assess the job you need to do and how it should be done. In some cases there may be no need to work at height at all; there could be another way of getting the job done. If you do need to work in this manner you should be protected from falling and provided with appropriate training and protective gear to minimise the dangers still further.
Do people win fall at work compensation?
Yes, there are cases where people have suffered a fall like this and have been injured in the process. If this happens at work a Health and Safety Executive investigation will usually take place to determine how it happened and how the individual (or people, if more than one were injured) came to fall.
Where there is evidence that negligence was behind the fall, there is a strong case to argue to receive fall at work compensation. Some people find their injuries are bad enough that they cannot work any more. In these instances they may have to find a new career or may have to resign themselves to a life that is now very different as a result of their injuries.
Can compensation be won even if the fall was not from a height?
Yes – the most important thing to bear in mind is whether or not a person was injured. If you work in an office (usually seen as a fairly safe job to have in terms of health and safety) you may still make a successful claim if you were hurt as a result of a fall. For example you may have tripped over a computer cable that was trailing out in the open and fell over and hurt yourself.
Calling Accident advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 gives you the chance to get the answers you need.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead