The risks of working at height are well documented. Last year alone 13 workers tragically died in a fall from height incidents, and another 6,300 sustained serious injuries. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, and if you’ll be raising an injury claim in Stoke-on-Trent, it might be to your best advantage to consider using the online ‘no win, no fee*’ injury claim services of Accident Advice Helpline.
Inexperienced workers used, and no safety precautions put in place
Any work at height is best carried out by workers with experience. Even then it can still prove hazardous if jobs are not properly risk assessed in advance, and appropriate safety measures aren’t put in place. An engineering company in Jarrow was recently prosecuted on all counts; firstly for using inexperienced workers to carry out repairs on a high roof; secondly for not carrying out risk assessments; and thirdly for not putting any appropriate safety measures in place. Luckily, no one was injured, but it could have easily have been a different story.
Fragile roof posed an accident waiting to happen
The engineering company in question initially instructed one of its employees to inspect the roof, re-felt the area above the canteen, and clean out the gutters. The employee in question had no experience with working at height. Other workers were then instructed to join him and help to carry out repairs and refurbishment work to the main roof structure.
No edge protection was put in place, and despite the fact that the roof was known to the fragile, no fall arrest harnesses were issued, and no safety net was deployed beneath the roof. If anyone had fallen they could have sustained serious injuries or even have been killed.
HSE uncovers more hazards
The ensuing investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) discovered that not only was the roof itself fragile, but that it incorporated Georgian wired glass roof-lights, which were also extremely fragile.
The engineering company in question entered a guilty plea at the hearing, and was fined the sum of £24,000 plus £1,146.80 in costs for committing 2 breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Validating your injury claim in Stoke-on-Trent
If you’re thinking of launching an injury claim in Stoke-on-Trent but you’re a little uncertain as to its validity, you can check this out by going to Accident Advice Helpline’s website and making use of our HOW MUCH compensation calculator. The most important considerations are that someone else must be to blame for the incident, and it must have happened within the past three years. Validating your claim via our HOW MUCH compensation calculator will only take about 30 seconds of your time, so it could be well worth doing.
Follow Esther Rantzen’s recommendation
The ‘no win, no fee*’ personal injury claim process that we use here at Accident Advice Helpline is unreservedly recommended by Esther Rantzen. To find out more speak to our help desk via the free helpline we provide. Call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.