Most of us have used a ladder at one point or another. We should all be aware of the safety aspects of using a ladder properly so we do not run into any problems when we use one. This is particularly true at work, where our employer should take every step possible to ensure no ladder falls at work occur.
There are situations where people may end up being injured through ladder falls at work, since these falls can potentially be quite serious in nature. While some people might only incur minor injuries, for some, this is not the case. Depending on the height an individual falls from, there is the potential to incur some serious injuries including broken bones and possibly head injuries or spinal injuries as well. If negligence led to these injuries it could mean the company involved is fined for breaching the Health and Safety Act.
How might a ladder fall happen?
Often falls happen because the ladder itself is not fit for purpose, or because the wrong ladder is being used for the task. In some cases the job should not use a ladder at all, but instead a platform would have been safer.
Clearly this explains why some of the cases Accident Advice Helpline deals with lead to compensation claims being put forward by those involved. Suffering the injuries that can result from such a fall can be difficult indeed, especially where recovery is concerned.
Staying safe and avoiding falls
Every business has a duty of care towards all those who work for it. As such the health and safety rules and the work at height regulations stipulate the steps that must be taken to keep workers safe. Thankfully this means very few people will ever have to suffer ladder falls at work, since the situation is generally carefully managed to ensure nothing goes wrong.
If you have already been involved in an accident and you want to find out whether you could make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation, Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. Just call us now on our free 24/7 enquiry line at 0800 689 0500. This is the best and fastest way to get in touch with a professional who can provide you with no-obligation information to assess your situation. Make that call now and find out more today.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown