Accident figures for any year in the past show that working at a height is the single most dangerous job anyone can undertake, as shown by the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by falls. It is just not possible to be too well trained in working safely at a height and there are a number of specialist courses depending on what type of equipment is being used, from ladders and steps right up to the most sophisticated moving elevating work platforms (MEWPs). There are also a number of professional bodies which operate working at height courses, based on use.
A good understanding of working at height is essential to anyone who works in an environment where working at height is commonly carried out, even if it is not part of the person’s day to day activity, because it is not just working up high that is involved but also the erecting, de-constructing, everyday maintenance and storage that all are important to the well-being of anyone working at a height. If a harness is frayed or a metal component is showing signs of wear and tear, no amount of good working practice will make the platform one hundred percent safe to use.
Watch out below!
Many people forget that when working at a height the people below are your responsibility and so all tools must be secured to prevent very serious injury. Anything falling from a height is accelerating due to gravity at a rate of over a metre per second per second and so by the time it reaches the ground even a relatively light object can pack a punch. If you have been injured by a falling object, this is almost certainly due to another’s negligence and you should consider a compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline – the specialists
Accident Advice Helpline is a specialist personal injury law firm with 14 years’ experience in the field of accident compensation. If you are eligible to make a claim, the 30-second test online will tell you. The accident must have happened in the last three years, must have been someone else’s fault and you must have gone to a medical professional for advice at the time. Our helpline is available 24-hours a day we operate on a strictly no win, no fee* basis so you don’t have to worry about making payments upfront. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown