Trips, slips and falls are something many of us hear about from time to time. However, some falls can be a lot more serious than others. Some also occur in the workplace, although fortunately many potential hazards are dutifully dealt with by the employers. Health and safety laws are in place to ensure that incidents such as falling from an attic hatch are not likely to occur at any point.
However, there may sometimes be situations in which hatches are not properly secured or safe to access or climb into. We have come across cases at Accident Advice Helpline where people have been working around an open hatch and fallen through it as a consequence of no barriers being in place. In other cases, an inadequate risk assessment may have been performed that did not highlight the potential dangers of older buildings, for example.
Do people tend to be badly hurt falling from an attic hatch?
A fall of this nature could be quite serious, given that it occurs from quite a height. It all depends on how a person falls and whether there is any protection from such a fall below. If you have experienced a fall of this type – or indeed any fall at work during the past three years – then you may want to call us here at Accident Advice Helpline now. Our experienced advisors have dealt with many other similar cases and they are the best people to work out whether a compensation claim might be worth making.
Can we prevent workplaces from posing potential dangers such as this?
Yes, there is plenty that can be done, and indeed the vast majority of workplaces do put in place every conceivable measure to ensure that falls do not occur. However, if you have gone through a stressful experience such as this in which you’ve been injured, Accident Advice Helpline are here to help. We have a free 24/7 enquiry line you can call whenever the need arises, and there is no cost for making a claim either if it turns out you have a good case. Just call 0800 689 0500 and you can find out more about your situation today. Lawyers have won cases for many other individuals over the past 15 years. If you’ve fallen at work, your case may also meet with success if there is evidence of negligence.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown