As an employer, it is your responsibility to protect your employees from dangers in the workplace. Working at height is one of the main causes of serious injury and fatality in the workplace. ‘Work at height’ is defined as ‘working anywhere (even underground) where a person could fall a distance liable to cause injury’.
Protecting your employees
There are steps employers should take to prevent injuries from falls from height – here are a few things that all employers must do:
- Ensure all work is properly planned – work must be carried out by competent individuals and must be supervised
- Work at height should be avoided unless essential; if it can’t be avoided, safety equipment should be used to prevent falls or minimise consequences
- Safety measures which protect more than one person should be used, such as soft landing systems or safety nets. These should be given preference over PPE such as harnesses, which only protect the wearer
- Equipment used for working at height should be on a stable surface and should be assembled correctly and checked before use
- Protection should be provided from falling objects
- Any equipment used must be inspected regularly and well maintained
In addition to the above, there are certain things you should avoid when working with ladders. You must never overload ladders and avoid overreaching when climbing a stepladder or ladder – three points of contact should be maintained at all times.
Claiming compensation for a fall from height
If your employee is injured in an accident caused by your negligence, you could be liable to pay compensation for their injuries. They will need to prove that their accident was caused by their employer’s negligence and if procedures have not been followed properly and risks have been taken, their claim for compensation could very well be successful. If you are an employee who has been injured after falling from height, it’s important to establish why your accident happened and who was responsible. You should contact Accident Advice Helpline, as we can answer any questions you may have and help to put your mind at ease.
A stress-free solution
There’s no need to worry about attending court, as most claims can be processed in full over the phone, and no need to stress about paying expensive legal fees upfront, as all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you won’t pay unless your claim is successful. Call us today on our freephone helpline – we’re open 24/7 – and see how we can help you.
Date Published: February 23, 2014
Author: David Brown