Not all jobs involve working at height, but those that do must be safe to work in. There are specific regulations that relate to this type of work, and they are in place to ensure companies and businesses of all shapes and sizes do everything they can to prevent falls from happening. A failure to prevent a fall from height could be devastating for the person who is injured, since this may potentially mean they sustain life-changing injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline knows this only too well, since the injuries some people have sustained have changed their lives. Paralysis, head injuries and spinal injuries are among the things that could potentially happen in these instances. They may all mean the individual cannot work again.
How can a failure to prevent a fall from height be identified?
All serious accidents must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive. If this is not done, this in itself is an offence. However, when an accident is reported the HSE will investigate the situation and find out what occurred. This may potentially bring forth evidence that will support a compensation claim if someone was injured in some way.
Evidence of negligence can sometimes be found when an accident occurs. Many incidents in the workplace are easy to prevent if the employer takes all the necessary steps to do so right at the start. This will ensure fewer employees are put in situations that could potentially lead to them suffering injuries of any kind.
Working safely at height
Whenever someone is required to work at height the situation should be evaluated ahead of time to determine the best way to get the job done. In some cases, such as with roof work for example, it is possible to work more safely from underneath rather than getting on the roof itself. In other cases safety nets and other preventative measures can help protect people from being injured in the event they did fall.
Accident Advice Helpline is always around to consider whether your accident warrants making a no win, no fee* compensation claim. All you have to do is call us on 0800 689 0500 to find out more – it’s totally free to call. Our experienced staff members are friendly and welcoming and will always listen to your case to determine what we can do to help.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown