In order to work safely at height, it is important to ensure that the right fall prevention or fall mitigation safety precautions are put in place. Without them serious injuries could occur. If you work in the Glenrothes area, and you’ve suffered a significant injury in a fall from height accident, you can use the website-based compensation claim services of Accident Advice Helpline to launch a claim.
Blatant disregard of safety measures can cause serious injury
Given the dangerous nature of working at height. it is truly incredible how many companies allow their workers to carry out work with little or no protection in place.
A health and safety inspector recently spotted dangerous work at height being executed on an industrial estate in West Bromwich. He noticed two workers working on a fragile roof on an adjacent business unit. They were working without any appropriate fall prevention or fall mitigation equipment in place.
Risk assessment recommendations not acted upon
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) looked further into the matter it was found that a thorough risk assessment had taken place prior to the work commencing but that its recommendation had not been acted upon. The recommendations included the use of guard rails and the deployment of safety netting. Neither was in position. Furthermore, there were no crawler boards being used to distribute the workers weight. It was extremely fortunate that no one was injured.
The dangers of fragile roofing materials and brittle sky-light panels
More than 6,300 workers were badly injured in fall from height incidents in the workplace last year. Fragile roofing materials and brittle sky-light panels are serious hazards and they account for nearly a quarter of all deaths that result from fall from height accidents.
Roofing company fined £7,500 plus costs
The roofing specialists that employed the two workers spotted working dangerously pleaded guilty at the subsequent hearing in terms of breaching Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were fined £7,500 and instructed to pay a further £1,090 in terms of costs.
Getting an estimate in just 30 seconds for your Glenrothes car accident claims
Before launching your Glenrothes car accident claims, you can find out how much compensation you will likely be awarded by going to Accident Advice Helpline’s website and making use of our HOW MUCH compensation calculator. It will only take you approximately 30 seconds to answer a few simple questions and be given your estimate.
Accident Advice Helpline’s renowned compensation claim service
The ‘no win, no fee’ services that we provide here at Accident Advice Helpline, backed up by our highly acclaimed customer support service, come highly recommended by the one and only Esther Rantzen. Should you need to access any help for your Glenrothes car accident claims, do so by calling our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 19th November 2014