A fall from height can potentially be very serious, involving the prospect of multiple injuries for the unfortunate person who experiences the fall. Thankfully such falls are quite rare, but they can occur in any workplace where working at height is a possibility. Serious roof light falls may occur where skylights are present on a roof. They can present a potential danger if they are not covered or highlighted as being present in any way. In some cases people work on a roof and fall through a skylight when working from underneath the roof would have been a better option.
Accident Advice Helpline does occasionally deal with cases such as this one. In some cases a worker might experience a fall of this nature that should have been preventable. The employer has a clear duty of care towards their employees and should perform a risk assessment prior to any job of this nature. If they do not do this and serious roof light falls occur, they could eventually be held responsible for what happened.
What kinds of injuries might occur from such a fall?
A fall of this nature does not need to be from a great height to incur serious injuries. For example, 10 feet doesn’t sound like a particularly great distance, does it? However, if you were to fall from this height you could incur multiple serious injuries. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, head injuries and even spinal or neck injuries are all possible. Internal injuries are also often seen from this type of fall.
As you can imagine, the recovery period is quite significant for injuries such as these. Multiple injuries will require hospitalisation and in some cases people might be in hospital for some time after such an accident. In some cases it could be a life-changing experience – one that means they can no longer work, at least not in the job they were doing at the time.
Recovering in many ways
As you can imagine, recovery can therefore be a protracted experience from a serious fall such as the one described here. If you experienced a fall of this nature you would have to recover both physically and mentally over time.
Part of the recovery process might include calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out about possible compensation via a no win, no fee* claim. Why not call us now?
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown