Working at height can be dangerous. That’s why the Work at Height Regulations 2005 was implemented. It applies to ‘all work at height, where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury’. If you are working at height on a regular basis at your place of work, or even as a one-off situation, your employer needs to ensure they adhere to these regulations. If they don’t and you are injured as a result, you could consider making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim for personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.
We’ve been helping members of the public claim compensation for accidents at work since 2000, and we have a great track record of successful claims. There are plenty of working at height hazards, and control measures which can be put in place which make working at height less dangerous, and it’s up to your employer to ensure that these things happen.
What are the most common working at height hazards and control measures?
There are a number of common working at height hazards and control measures which can be used to reduce the risk of an accident happening. Here are a few of the most common hazards:
- Faulty equipment – for example a damaged ladder
- Unsafe scaffolding – it may not be properly erected or may be unsuitable to withstand the current load
- Overhead power lines – contact with overhead power lines could cause electric shock injuries
- Unstable platforms – for example on cherry pickers and other vehicles
- Open or covered roof lights, which could lead to a fall from height
- Unsuitable safety equipment
Employers must put in place control measures to reduce the risk of accidents happening, and under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, there are a number of things they must do. They must:
- Properly plan and organise all work at height
- Ensure staff are competent
- Carry out risk assessments before work begins
- Select appropriate work equipment
- Ensure work equipment is inspected and maintained
If you’ve suffered a spinal injury after falling from scaffolding at work or sustained a serious, life-changing head injury after falling from a faulty ladder, we could help you to claim compensation.
Get in touch with us today
Even if you have suffered relatively minor injuries such as a broken ankle or wrist after a fall from height, we could help you make a claim. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and we’ll be able to tell you if you are eligible.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen