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Common causes of falls from height


Falls from height are one of the leading causes of deaths at work in the UK. That’s because when you fall from height, you risk serious spinal, head and neck injuries which could cause a fatality, or leave you severely disabled. In many cases, it is obvious that an employer has been negligent, and that your accident could have been avoided, in which case you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. But what are some of the most common causes of falls from height?


How did your fall from height occur?

Obviously the more often you work at height, the more at risk you are of suffering injuries in a fall. That’s why the HSE recommends work at height be avoided as much as possible. In some jobs however, there will always be the requirement to work at height. For example, if you work on a construction site or as a roofer, you’re going to be spending much of your time at work several feet above the ground. Here are some of the most common causes of falls from height:

  • Falling through a roof light or damaged roof whilst carrying out repairs
  • Falling from scaffolding
  • Collapsing scaffolding, which could lead to serious crush injuries
  • Falling through an open window or boards whilst on scaffolding
  • Slipping on a wet roof
  • Falling from a ladder whilst carrying out work at height
  • Faulty ladder collapsing whilst you are using it
  • Falling from a crane or another platform, for example a cherry picker

Injuries sustained in a fall from height could include serious head injuries (brain injury), crush injuries (for example if scaffolding collapses on you), shoulder, back, neck and spinal injuries, broken bones and facial injuries. In some cases these can be life changing and you could be left permanently physically or mentally disabled.


Claiming personal injury compensation after a fall from height

Although the common causes of falls from height can be avoided with a little bit of care from your employer, this is not much consolation if you have already been injured. If this is the case, why not take the 30-second test™ on Accident Advice Helpline’s website to find out how much compensation you could claim? Then pick up the phone and call us on 0800 689 5659 to see if you have a viable claim. We have helped hundreds of people who have been seriously injured in falls from height to claim compensation for their pain, suffering and loss of earnings, so get in touch with us today.