Working at height is something many workers will be familiar with. For example, builders, roofers and scaffolders will all have to do this from time to time. There are other professions which may also involve working at height.
In every case, health and safety regulations and the work at height regulations must be followed to ensure the risk of a fall from height at work is kept to an absolute minimum. Needless to say, this type of accident could potentially be fatal or at least involve serious injuries. Everything that can be done to prevent this should be done accordingly.
Taking the right actions if you have a fall from height at work
Depending on how serious the fall is, you may have no memory of it. This is why witnesses to the event can be vitally important. Getting the right medical help immediately will also be vital if you are to make the best recovery.
Very often, injuries associated with a fall from height are crush injuries. These can occur when someone falls to the floor, or onto an object, from a reasonable height. Therefore, it is not always the case that visible external injuries will be seen. There could be serious injuries internally that no one can see, which is why someone in such an accident should not be moved unless it is by an experienced paramedic or other emergency worker.
Do you stand a chance of claiming any compensation for your injuries?
This will depend on the specific situation you find yourself in. For instance, if you can prove your employer was negligent, you will be able to make a compensation claim with this in mind. Again, witness statements and people who saw what happened or have other relevant information could be very useful here.
A call to the team at Accident Advice Helpline will also be immensely useful to you. By calling 0800 689 0500, you have an opportunity to speak with an advisor who can listen to your story and find out the facts for you. We have many lawyers who are experienced in handling claims of a similar kind, and with a no win, no fee claims procedure to follow, it could be easier than you think to progress through the claim itself. Let us see if we can help you with your claim today.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead