How much do you know about fall and injury prevention? We all have a duty of care to look after ourselves, of course, but in reality, there are situations that come up every day where people are hurt through no fault of their own. When this happens, it is quite possible for someone to be injured and for a third party to be to blame.
Some instances of a fall occurring can easily be attributed to sheer bad luck, or perhaps to an accident. If you trip on your shoelaces and fall over because they were untied, you cannot blame anyone else for that. But if you fall at work because the ladder you were using was substandard, whose fault would that be?
Fall and injury prevention in the workplace
Every employer has a clear duty to look after the people who work for them. This applies in every single workplace, company and business across the UK. If you end up falling at work and hurting yourself, it could potentially be because your employer did not take adequate care to risk-assess the work you were doing. If so, they may not have put steps in place to prevent such falls from occurring.
Thankfully, the majority of employers take good care to ensure they provide a safe and reliable workplace for everyone who is there. Risk assessments are a powerful tool in helping to identify and resolve hazards that could otherwise lead to injury. This includes paying attention to work at height risks that might be present and should be dealt with.
Are you already recovering from a fall and wondering about claiming compensation?
If so, you know how devastating a fall can be. Even if you can achieve a full recovery, it takes time to recover from the shock and the pain of the injuries you end up with.
Knowing about fall and injury prevention facts can be bittersweet when you have already sustained injuries in a preventable fall. No matter where it happened, if it occurred within the last 36 months, there could be a chance to claim compensation. Calling Accident Advice Helpline gives you a chance to speak to our advisors about the likelihood of doing this. Call on 0800 689 0500 as soon as possible to find out more. Mobile users can call 0333 500 0993 instead to get in touch.
Date Published: November 7, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead