Working at height constitutes one of the most dangerous work situationsthere is, but with adequate training it should be safe for everyone. It is very important that training levels are maintained to make sure that all of the current guidelines are being followed. If the working at height involves powered lifting platforms, there is very specific training which is widely available and essential for an employer to make sure they cannot be accused of negligence.
Working at height injuries can be life-changing
Although any working conditions can result is serious injury when things go wrong, injuries caused by working at height are amongst the most serious that the expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline encounter. The most common are those caused by faulty or inadequately fastened safety harnesses, and it is obviously vital that these are both checked and used correctly every time. Like car safety belts, the harnesses used on any scaffolding or powered platform must be checked if they are ever put under any strain, such as an accident or near miss, and they should be replaced immediately if there is any doubt that they are in good condition.
Climbing is dangerous too
The climb to the working at height location is also fraught with danger and many falls happen at this point. Harnesses designed to be used on ladders should always be worn, because slipping or inadequately tethered ladders are very dangerous places to be. Our patron, Esther Rantzen has always stressed the necessity to check your equipment before every use and this is never as important in any other setting as when working off the ground, when injuries can be so catastrophic. A fall from even head height from the ground can be fatal if the proper head and body protection is not worn. The expert lawyers at AAH(accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard), will want to know what protective gear was in place when the incident occurred when giving you guidance on how much personal injury compensation may be awarded, as this will have an important bearing on the outcome. For a quick guide, try our 30-second test on the website to see whether you should consider making a claim for personal injury. Although awards can never be guaranteed, the quick form will give at least a ball park figure – our Freephone helpline will take you to an expert adviser (in normal office hours) for more detail.