Working at height
Did you know that the vast majority of serious and fatal accidents at work involve falls from a height? With this in mind, here at Accident Advice Helpline we have put together this quick guide on the regulations that all employers must follow when it comes to asking employees to conduct tasks at height. These regulations from 2005 are stringent and detailed; if you want to know more in-depth about working at heights, contact us on 0800 689 0500.
Are only certain workplaces covered by the regulations?
As your injury solicitor in Crossgates will tell you, all workplaces are covered by the regulations where work may be carried out at a height, or where there is deemed to be a risk of falling. There is no regulation or guidance that currently defines height; rather, the emphasis is on falling. However, these regulations do not apply to work carried out at ground level or underground.
The regulations cover falls from height when a person is moving around the workplace or accessing a task at height, but do not cover a fall down a permanent set of stairs, for example. Neither do these regulations cover you as you commute to and from work.
Many clients of our injury solicitor in Crossgates who have made claims for compensation under these regulations have been part of the construction industry, but all industries and trades are covered, including office workers.
Your injury solicitor in Crossgates will talk through these responsibilities with you, but your employer has responsibilities when it comes to ensuring employees are safe if working above ground level:
- If at all possible, employees should avoid working at height;
- If it is unavoidable, the correct equipment should be used to prevent falls;
- If the risk of falling cannot be eliminated, further assessment and measures should be taken to minimise the distance of the fall and subsequent injuries; and
- All employees who could potentially work at height or be working at height must receive adequate training before they do so.
Have you fallen from height at work?
If you have, and the accident was not your fault, you may have a case for compensation and could see your claim being handled by one an injury solicitor in Crossgates who is one of the leaders in the country. Employers are often reluctant to discuss issues of compensation with employees who have been injured – we have known cases where the injured party has been told they were to blame as they did not follow regulations.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we believe in getting you the financial justice you deserve; call us on 0800 689 0500 or log onto our website to find out more about making a compensation claim.
Date Published: 11th January 2014
Author: David Brown