When you go to work, you want to climb the ladder of success. In some jobs, this involves climbing actual ladders – you might work somewhere that has a lot of shelving, for example. Should you suffer an accident carrying out this work, you may need the help of an accident compensation lawyer in Somerset.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a job that involves a high level of dangerous physical activity, either. You’ve probably seen library staff climbing ladders to put books back on shelves that are high up.
Using a ladder is one thing that can put you at risk of injury, and if you do get injured at work because you’ve used a ladder, you could claim compensation through an accident compensation lawyer in Somerset.
A safe working environment
When you’re at work, it’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you have a safe working environment. You should never be put at any unnecessary risk. This isn’t to say that risk can ever be eliminated – that’s incredibly difficult to do – but it should certainly be assessed and managed.
If you get injured because your employer hasn’t provided you with a safe working environment, you could claim compensation through an accident compensation lawyer in Somerset.
Contacting an accident compensation lawyer in Somerset
You can find your solicitor for your claim with ease when you choose Accident Advice Helpline. We have a hotline that’s open 24/7, so you can call one of these numbers whenever you like:
- 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
If your call isn’t answered, don’t worry – just leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010 and an advisor will be in touch. When you speak to your advisor, they will take your details and if you’re eligible to claim, they will pass them on to one of the no win no fee* injury lawyers who work on our legal team. Your claim will then start in earnest – and if you win, you’ll receive a payout.
Minimising the risk of an accident
The first question that needs to be asked when using a ladder is: does a ladder even need to be used? Could the task be done on the ground instead?
If a ladder is essential, make sure that:
- It is resting on a sound, non-slip surface, which can support the weight of the ladder plus the person climbing it
- It is tall enough for you to gain access to another level, such as a platform, safely – if the top rung is level with the surface, it’s not long enough
If you do have an accident, it’s likely to be a fall – and the injuries could be severe, especially if you fall from a considerable height on to a hard surface.
But no matter how minor your injuries are, you could still make a claim – so call us now to get started with an accident compensation lawyer in Somerset.
Date Published: 26th November 2014
Author: David Brown