Sometimes, working at height is unavoidable, for example builders and other tradesmen will inevitably need to climb scaffolding or use ladders at some point. Often though, solutions to working at height can be found which helps to keep employees safe from industrial accidents. Falling from height is the number one cause of fatal injury at work, and around 59% of major injuries occur after falling from a height of less than 2 metres.
Working at height
It isn’t just those working in the construction industry or trades who may work at height – even climbing a stepladder or chair to reach files at work could cause a fatal injury, if you fall. Employers have a duty of care to ensure that they provide the right equipment for working at height and that it is safe to use and well-maintained. They should also provide staff with proper training and carry out a risk assessment and planning when working at height.
Avoiding industrial accidents
Quite often, solutions to working at height can be found. For example, those working on roof maintenance could be provided with suction equipment which can be operated from the ground to clear gutters. When working on roofs or scaffolding, edge protection and proper lighting should be in place, and scaffolding should be secure and fit for purpose. Ladders are a common cause of injury in the workplace, and they should ideally be used for a maximum of 30 minutes in one place – try not to carry more than 10Kg whilst climbing a ladder. You should always inspect a ladder before use, and use them on firm, level ground, with 3 points of contact maintained at all times.
Claiming for compensation
If you’ve been injured due to a fall from height at work, or if you are the relative of someone who has been fatally injured after falling from height, you should consider claiming for compensation. Most accidents at work are caused by negligence, and if your employer has failed to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety, you could have a viable claim.
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Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown