Working at height is something some people will do as a matter of course as part of their job description. Think of scaffolders, for example, or builders, roofers and even telecoms engineers in some cases. The main thing to be aware of is that all these jobs have something in common. This is the need and requirement to ensure everyone is safe working at height.
There are specific regulations pertaining to working at height, and the employer responsible should always ensure these regulations are followed. In some cases, other measures may be taken so people can avoid working at height in the first place. In other cases, where it cannot be avoided, it is essential to make sure everyone working at height is able to stay safe while doing the job required of them.
A common cause of fatalities and serious injuries
As you can imagine, a fall from height can lead to serious and often life-changing injuries. Even when a person is lucky enough to completely recover, it may be many weeks or months before they are able to return to work.
To this end, it is important to ensure all workers are supervised while working above the ground. Proper planning is also essential, so any risks involved can be mitigated before the work begins. Safety nets, railings and barriers could all work towards making the task safer to complete, for example. Avoidance and prevention are the two main avenues you can go down. The employer always has a duty of care to practise safe working at height, and to ensure no employee is in a situation that could potentially lead to a nasty fall.
Was your accident the fault of another person?
Suffering a fall of this nature can be frightening, painful and life changing. If you have experienced such an incident within the last three years, it is well worth speaking to someone about it to see whether you might be entitled to claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline operates an enquiry line you can call to make sure you know whether such a claim could be possible. You can call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get some answers. You could be represented by an experienced lawyer who has already won similar claims for other clients. Isn’t it time you found out for certain whether you could claim any compensation?
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead