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Your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working at height injury


Did you know your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working at height injury is a legal one?

Many people enjoy working in jobs that involve an element of risk. Steeplejacks have entertained the masses for years with their daring climbs. Firemen are often suspended in mid air at the top of a ladder rescuing people from burning buildings. We all thrill to the daring exploits of trapeze artists and tightrope walkers.

If you’ve had a serious fall from your job on a construction site then you need to know your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working at height injury is a legal one.


Employers’ duties

It’s quite simple really and involves practical measures and thorough training. Your employer is bound by the Work at Height Regulations 2005 to do the following:-

  • Avoid work at height if this is possible.
  • Prevent risk of falls by using the right access equipment.
  • Minimise the impact of any fall (using safety equipment such as harnesses).
  • Ensure work at a height is well planned, kept to a minimum and supervised.
  • Ensure workers are competent to work at a height and to use access equipment.

Risk assessments are a vital part of working at height safely. Weather conditions and the ability of each worker to physically and mentally cope with the job should be taken into account.


Has your employer failed to keep you safe?

If you’ve not been trained to work at a height then you risk a serious accident. You are entitled to refuse to work at a height if no training or protective equipment has been provided. You should report these failings immediately to your employer or the Health and Safety Executive.

If you’ve had an accident because of your employer’s negligence then you can claim compensation. Make sure you have had medical attention for your injuries to support your case. Knowing your employer’s responsibility to prevent a working at height injury can help you.


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If this sounds good to you then we’d like to hear from you. Call us on 0800 689 5659 phone. All calls are confidential and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim if you’re not ready.