Working as a window cleaner is almost certainly going to involve climbing ladders and working at height at some point, cleaning windows of flats above ground floor level or even skylights. Whilst you can’t avoid working at height, you can make sure you stay safe at work, and there are plenty of precautions both you and your employer can take to ensure you stay safe.
Failing to use the correct safety equipment or carry out your job correctly could leave you injured, and injured window cleaners could claim window cleaner injury compensation. If you’re self-employed, your business could suffer when you take time off work to recover from your injuries; and you deserve to be compensated if somebody else is to blame for your accident.
What injuries could window cleaners sustain?
Falls from height could cause serious injuries, even a fatality. If you fall off a ladder or from a roof whilst cleaning windows at work, here are some of the injuries you could suffer:
- Broken bones
- Strains and sprains
- Head injuries including concussion or brain injury
- Facial or eye injuries
- Crush injuries, if objects fall on you
- Cuts and bruises
- Back/spinal injuries
- Neck injuries
A fall from height could easily lead to a life-changing spinal injury which leaves you permanently disabled, or a brain injury. Even if you escape with minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises after your ladder collapses, you could make a claim for window cleaner injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a claim for compensation on a 100% no win, no fee basis, provided somebody else was to blame for your accident. But how did your accident happen?
Who’s to blame?
If faulty equipment, such as a damaged ladder, caused your injuries, you could make a claim for compensation against your employer. It might be that lack of safety equipment such as a safety harness, led to you sustaining serious injuries, or maybe a colleague’s negligence caused your fault (for example, if they were supposed to be holding a ladder). Faulty window-washing equipment could easily cause injuries and even if you’re self-employed, you could still make a claim for personal injury compensation – the manufacturer could be held responsible.
If you’re wondering whether you’re eligible to receive compensation, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500? Our team of expert advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice – we can help you get the compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured in a window cleaning accident at work.
Date Published: November 25, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton