A fall can incur nothing but the odd bruise and a touch of embarrassment, or it can lead to serious and even life-threatening injuries. Every year some people put in a claim for workplace fall compensation as a result of injuries they suffered while doing their usual work. While such claims are unlikely to happen often, the people involved in making them may do so because of the consequences a fall can have on their lives.
Some people may end up making such a claim because they are hurt in a fall from height. Some jobs involve working at height, but in these cases the employer should always make sure they are working according to the Work at Height Regulations. If this is not the case and someone has a fall, they could be found negligent of their duties towards that worker.
How else might falls happen?
While you may think falls from height are the most common way that workplace fall compensation could be sought, there are other situations which could potentially lead to injuries being suffered by those involved.
For instance, you might fall from a relatively low height. Imagine a raised platform in the workplace that is not clearly marked as such. You could catch your foot on the edge of it and fall to the lower level very easily indeed. The difference in levels may only be a few inches but it could be enough to cause such an accident to happen. A fall from a vehicle or from a chair, or indeed a fall caused by tripping over an obstacle and losing your balance, could all lead to a potential claim for compensation.
Was it someone else’s fault?
This is the main question to ask when you suffer an injury as a result of a fall at work. There should be risk assessments performed that enable you to stay safe and to be free of any potential risk in this area. If you fall because your employer did not take proper care in preventing such an incident from happening, you could end up winning compensation.
Find out for certain now by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This is by far the best way to get hold of no-obligation advice that could potentially steer you in the right direction to claim compensation as a result of your accident.
Date Published: September 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead