One of the best injury claim solicitors, you can use for launching an injury claim in Bellshill online is Accident Advice Helpline. The no win no fee* service that we provide is not only highly acclaimed within the industry, but is also unreservedly recommended by the famous former TV presenter and people’s consumer champion, Esther Rantzen.
The serious nature of fall from height injuries
The most frequent cause of accidental deaths in the workplace are falls from height. After slips, trips and falls (on level ground), the fall from height accident is also the most common cause of serious injury. The sad thing is that this type of accident is easily preventable. It simply means carrying out comprehensive risk assessments before any work is commenced, and ensuring the right safety precautions are put in place.
Working on a roof 6 metres above ground level without safety protection
A poultry firm in Lincolnshire, together with 4 of its contractors, was recently fined for unsafe work practices relating to working at height. On an unscheduled visit to site, an HSE inspector discovered a number of contract workers carrying out work on the roof without any safety precautions having been put in place. As the roof was 6 metres above the ground any resultant fall would have produced serious injury or death.
Inspector issued Prohibition Notice
The HSE inspector recorded that there was no edge protection in place. In addition, no scaffolding had been erected. The workers gained access to the roof via an unsecured ladder. The inspector produced a Prohibition Notice preventing any further work from taking place until suitable edge protection was installed.
Work recommenced without edge protection in place
The inspector returned to site 3 days later to discover that although a scaffold tower had been put in position, and 12 airbags were positioned on the floor, at either end of the building, no edge protection was in evidence. When the inspector returned to site several hours later that day, it was to discover 2 employees on the roof, although the scaffold tower had been disassembled. Enforcement notices were then put in place.
Employees being put at risk
Given the notoriety of working at height, it is inconceivable that employers still put employees and contractors at risk. If you’ve been involved in a fall from height incident, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to launch your injury claim in Bellshill either online, or by requesting via our free 24/7 helpline, that a compensation application form to be posted out to you.
How much compensation could you be due for an injury claim in Bellshill?
You can find out how much compensation you will likely be awarded either by speaking to one of our experienced advisors, or by visiting our website where you’ll come across our compensation calculator. It’s free to use, and will only take up approximately 30 seconds of your time. You can access the helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 20th October 2014