Working at height is done in a variety of jobs for a variety of reasons. For example roofers will obviously work at height because of the very nature of the work they do. However, in other cases workers might occasionally be required to work at height too, depending on the work that needs doing. In each case it is important to do a risk assessment prior to the job beginning, so the most appropriate method of work can be decided upon. This means you could end up identifying a better method to do the work than had originally been thought of.
These jobs may also need to be properly supervised to ensure the workers are safe at all times. Unsupervised working at height could potentially lead to a situation where someone is in danger of experiencing a fall, since they are possibly unaware of all the potential dangers.
Would unsupervised working at height always lead to an accident?
Not always, but it is important to recognise that it can potentially be more dangerous than it would be if the workers did have proper supervision. The supervisor should be someone who is experienced in this area and has excellent knowledge of the job at hand and how it should ideally be performed.
If someone suffers an accident as a result of this type of situation, there could be a good case for compensation that should be answered. Every employer has a duty of care that ensures they must look after their employees. If they do not live up to this duty of care there is certainly a good case to make for compensation.
Recovering from a severe fall
Recovery from an accident in which someone experiences a serious fall can take time. In some cases it could be that they can never return to work if they suffer serious injuries they may not fully recover from. The potential life-changing nature of these injuries means they could end up suffering for a long time to come.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline couldn’t be easier if you have suffered an accident similar to this within the last three years. With our free enquiry line open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can always get in touch with us. Call now on 0800 689 0500 to get through to the enquiry line fast and of course free too.