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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What working at height hazards can cause accidents?

    Did you know that falls from height are the leading cause of fatalities in workplaces across the UK? That’s why the Work at Height Regulations recommends that working at height be avoided wherever possible. However, in some jobs, working at height is inevitable, for example, if you work as a roofer or in the construction industry. Working at height hazards could lead to a serious accident if risks are not properly managed, and anybody who has been injured in an accident at work could find they are able to claim compensation. Your employer could be held liable for your injuries if they have taken a negligent approach to the health and safety of their employees.

    What are the main working at height hazards?

    Working at height hazards include a number of different hazards which could lead to an accident at work if not properly managed. These include things like:

    • Roof lights being left open (if you’re maintaining or working on a roof)
    • Faulty equipment, such as a faulty ladder
    • Lack of safety equipment such as harnesses or safety nets
    • Unsafe scaffolding, which could collapse and cause serious injuries
    • Objects falling from height and hitting you – for example if you are working on scaffolding and somebody drops a tool from above
    • High winds and stormy weather, which could pose a hazard if you are working at height
    • Contact with overhead power lines, which could cause electrocution

    It’s up to your employer to ensure that you are safe at work, and this includes things like:

    • Checking that equipment is well maintained and safe to use
    • Providing you with safety equipment if you’re working at height
    • Carrying out risk assessments before work at height commences
    • Ensuring you have the training you need to stay safe

    At the end of the day, if you have been injured at work and you feel your employer could have done more to keep you safe, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.

    Three years to claim

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have lost count of the number of people we have spoken to who have missed out on making a personal injury claim because they waited too long. There is a three-year time limit in place for all claims, so it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer for advice as soon as possible after your accident. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee* claim.

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    Date Published: April 10, 2017

    Author: Rob Steen

    Category: Working at height injury claims

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