If you have suffered an injury due to a fall from a height that was not your fault, you could make a compensation claim. For more information or to discuss how you can make a fall from a height injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Regulations governing work at height
Under United Kingdom law, your employer has a duty of care, which places a responsibility on them to ensure that you have a safe and healthy working environment. Where an employer is negligent in this and it results in an accident, such as a fall from a height, a compensation claim can be made.
All work that is carried out at height and carries a risk of falling from high up, possibly resulting in personal injury, is regulated by the Work at Height Regulations 2005. These regulations place a vital duty on employers and the self-employed to adhere to strict safety guidelines. These duties also, however, extend to any person who controls the work of others, for example a building owner who contracts window cleaners to clean windows at a height.
According to these regulations, your employer must ensure that:
- A proper risk assessment is carried out before any work at height begins
- Anyone partaking in work at height is fully competent to do so
- All work to be done at height is properly planned and organised
- All work at height is carried out using the proper equipment
- All equipment to be used is properly inspected and maintained
- The risk of fragile surfaces is properly controlled
Where your employer has failed in this regard and it has resulted in a fall from height injury, you could be entitled to a compensation claim, so seek advice from Accident Advice Helpline today.
In 2007, there was an amendment to these regulations to include people providing leadership and instruction to others engaged in climbing as a means of recreation, sport, teambuilding and the like. The same duty of care exists and even if your injury was suffered outside of work, you could still be entitled to a claim.
How can Accident Advice Helpline assist?
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 to help those who have suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. Compensation claims can be a complicated subject and our helpline was established to provide information that is easily accessible and applies to your unique situation.
All of our advisors are highly trained and experienced in many types of claims. They will discuss your case with you and provide an honest and professional assessment of how strong your chances of success are. They can also walk you through the process of making a claim and explain the way forward. If the advisor believes you have a strong case, they will find you the best solicitor for your case.
All of our solicitors also work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so starting your compensation claim will not cost you anything. Call Accident Advice Helpline now. You have nothing to lose.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown