A lack of safety netting can put workers at considerable risk, not to mention colleagues and passersby who could be impacted at ground level. Falls from height contain the highest risk to employees in the UK workforce in terms of the statistics of fatalities. For this reason, employers should always ensure that anyone they are expecting to undertake tasks at height are fully protected. Nets are relatively inexpensive easy to install and durable — they are a simple solution to a potentially lethal problem.
The consequences of a worker losing their balance can be devastating. This situation can happen to even the fittest and most experienced employees. There can be any number of factors that cause this to happen. There might be environmental issues, such as a sudden downpour or blinding sunlight, or they could make a misjudgement with the tools they are using and lose their balance. For whatever reason they have fallen, a simple net can make the difference between life and death. The employer should ensure that safeguards are in place from the outset, rather than waiting until an accident happens.
How might a fall impact a worker?
Lack of safety netting can lead to debilitating injury. When someone falls from any height, it doesn’t matter if they are wearing hard hats or other protective wear — the end result will most likely be extensive damage. When a worker falls, they may well be laid off for months as they recuperate from fractured bones, particularly if their back has been damaged. Some individuals end up being restricted to wheelchairs, while a small number will even lose their lives as a result of such an accident.
Accident Advice Helpline are ideal for your situation
If you have been through the trauma of an industry-related injury, we will ask two questions: did this occur within the past three years and do you believe that it was someone else’s fault? If you have answered yes, then Accident Advice Helpline can investigate whether or not you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation. By phoning 0800 689 0500, your details will be taken by our team of qualified legal experts and you’ll be given no-obligation advice. They will assess your case to determine whether or not your circumstances would merit compensation.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown