According to the Health and Safety Executive’s Work at Height Regulations of 2005, all employers (and those responsible for the work of others such as building managers) must ensure the safety of workers who have to work at height.
This involves ensuring there is no way to complete the task from ground level, assessing the risks involved and taking appropriate measures to counter them, providing adequate safety equipment, and ensuring that all equipment involved is regularly inspected.
Employers or building managers must also ensure that those they employ to work at height are fully competent to do so, i.e. they have the experience, knowledge, qualifications, and physical fitness to do so.
How common are falls from a height at work?
According to the HSE, falls from a height are the fourth most common type of injury received in the workplace. Unfortunately, falls from a height account for around a third of all fatalities. Many more of these fatalities happened to self-employed people, who have a responsibility to ensure their own safety. This perhaps indicates the effectiveness of the regulations.
What to do if you have fallen at work
If you have fallen at work and feel it was through no fault of your own, it may be due to your employer’s negligence. This means you may be able to claim for personal injury compensation. The amount you will receive will depend on both the severity of your injuries and the financial hardship you have faced and will face as a result.
For more information on personal injury compensation, contact our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your particular situation in detail and let you know whether or not your claim is likely to be successful as well as how much compensation you could potentially receive. We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation.
We are proud to be endorsed by TV personality Esther Rantzen, who firmly believes that all accident victims should receive the compensation they are due. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but for a very quick guide to your eligibility, check our 30-second test online. If you choose to go ahead with claim, it can most likely be done over the telephone with no need for you to personally attend court, and on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown