The Work at Height Regulations 2005 came into force on 6th April 2005, and were created to protect all of those working at height where a risk of personal injury exists. People may work at height for a variety of reasons including climbing a step ladder to reach stock in a retail environment, operating a crane on a construction site or even using a ladder to clean windows, and the Work at Height Regulations are designed to protect people in all these situations.
What do they state?
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 state that those in charge must make sure:
- Work at height has been organised and planned
- Competent workers are selected
- Risk assessments are carried out and appropriate equipment used
- Any equipment used has been inspected and maintained
Work at height should be avoided wherever possible, and specialist equipment should be used to prevent falls and accidents where work at height is essential, for example guardrails, working platforms, work restraints and other protective equipment.
Falls caused by working at height
Did you know that working at height is one of the most frequent causes of accidents in the workplace? Injuries caused by falls from height could include:
- Head injuries caused when your head strikes the ground
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrist fractures
- Leg, ankle and foot fractures
Employers have a duty to adhere to the Work at Height Regulations to keep their employees safe, but it is also important that staff are aware of the regulations themselves, so that they can keep themselves safe at work and point out any issues to management.
Claiming for compensation
If you’ve been injured as a direct result of falling from height, you could claim for compensation, if you can prove your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you to gather the evidence you need for your claim, and because most personal injury claims can be processed over the phone, it’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court.
We’re lucky enough to have the backing of TV personality Esther Rantzen, our patron, who recommends our service to anyone seeking compensation for personal injury. Our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so whether you have queries about the claims process, want to discuss your accident in greater detail with our specialist advisors or simply find out whether you could be eligible for compensation, you can call us at any time, day or night.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown