The Work at Height Regulations 2005 advises that work at height should be avoided wherever possible. But what about if you work in a job where it can’t be avoided, such as a roofer or construction worker? There are some jobs where working at height, for short or extended periods, is inevitable. That doesn’t mean you’re going to be injured in an accident though. Despite falls from height being the main cause of workplace fatalities in the UK, there are plenty of steps employers can take to keep their staff safe at work.
It’s not just falls from height
Although most injuries caused when working at height are the result of falls, there is another major cause of injuries that could affect you, if you’re working on a roof, scaffolding or even a crane. Electrocution from overhead power lines could lead to a fall or cause serious injuries in itself. Overhead power lines, when contacted, could cause cardiac arrest, burns or even a fall as the force of the current throws you off the crane or roof you are working on. This is why risk assessments must always be carried out before work at height begins – and power lines should be avoided wherever possible or switched off if they are directly above the area where work is taking place.
If you do fall from height whilst working on a roof or even whilst employed as an engineer repairing phone lines (or similar), you could make a claim for working at height injury compensation. It might be that you’ve escaped your fall with cuts and bruises, or you could have been left permanently physically disabled after a spinal, back or head injury. Accident Advice Helpline can help you make a claim for working at height injury compensation on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.
Will your claim be successful?
There are no guarantees in life, but our experienced personal injury lawyers will do their best to ensure your claim for compensation is successful. Most claims can be processed over the phone, so whether you have sustained minor injuries or have needed a year off work to recover from life-changing injuries, we can help you, and it’s unlikely you’ll need to go to court. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call today on 0800 689 0500 and find out more about the claims process and what happens next – it’s free to call.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton