Accidents at work can be a regular occurrence for some people, particularly those working in warehouses, construction and in other hazardous jobs. However, employers should work to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. Working from height is a particularly dangerous job and everyone performing work like this should be trained to do so. This is to reduce the chances of a fall which could cause serious injuries.
Employees working on jobs at height should also be provided with personal protective equipment such as a hard hat and a harness, depending on the level of height. There should also be risk assessments conducted on every site that an employee will be working on to ensure that it is safe from hazards. Those working on ladders should also be taught on safe practices and should not use them if not trained to do so.
Employers should also minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls, particularly in workplaces where there is machinery or a number of sharp objects lying around. Employees should also avoid climbing up shelving or racking to avoid falling or pulling heavy objects down with you.
If you do have a fall at work and have not received any training or have fallen because of a health and safety breach, your employer may be liable. If you are considering claiming compensation for a serious fall at work, you may wish to contact a solicitor to help you.
Health and safety breaches at work
Everyone has a right to safety at work, no matter what environment you work in. Your employer should provide you with appropriate health and safety training and should provide you with work-based training to ensure you are performing job safely.
In addition, risk assessments should be conducted to protect you from harm. Personal protective equipment should be provided where appropriate. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if you wish to claim compensation for a serious fall at work.
How to get in touch with our team
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 on our free phone line or you can make contact by completing our 30-second test online. Just enter a few details about your accident and subsequent injury and we will make contact with you.
We offer everyone a no win, no fee policy to ensure that you can claim compensation without further expense. We understand that you may be experiencing financial difficulty and may have to take time off work therefore some compensation could be valuable to you.
Date Published: December 17, 2014