Falls from height continue to be the most prevalent cause of deaths and serious injury in the workplace. If you work in Perth and you have a fall from height accident, and as a result you’ve suffered serious injury, you might like to follow Esther Rantzen’s advice and instigate Perth car accident claims using the online services of Accident Advice Helpline.
Man injured in 2 metre fall in Christchurch, Dorset
All too often, improperly built scaffolding causes fall from height accidents as was the case when a worker was injured in Christchurch, Dorset. He was helping to construct a large wooden summerhouse in a private garden. A scaffold structure had been erected on wet decking, and when 25-year-old stepped onto the scaffold platform it slipped and teetered over the edge of the decking causing young man to fall 2 metres. He suffered fractures to the vertebrae in his lower back, plus bone bruising injuries to his left hip, his right elbow, and his pelvis.
No handrails fitted to scaffolding
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) carried out an investigation into the incident, they discovered that the scaffolding had not been fitted with handrail protection, even though the hand rails were actually available on site. It was also found that the scaffolding had not been tied off to prevent any accidental movement.
The company that the 25-year-old was working for offered a guilty plea in relation to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were fined the sum of £5,000 plus an additional £750 in costs.
Degree of height is irrelevant in regulations
Falls from height are not distinguished by the actual distance that the injury victim falls. It could be 2 metres or less, 10 metres or more. Whatever safety measures are recommended, (for example hand rails being fitted to scaffolding), they should be deployed, regardless of height. By not ensuring that a thorough risk assessment was carried out, and any recommendations followed, the employers were neglectful of their duty of care in terms of the health and safety of their employees.
Valuing your Perth car accident claims
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in a fall from height accident in Perth, you can visit the Accident Advice Helpline and launch Perth car accident claims online. Before you do so you might like to check out the HOW MUCH compensation calculator you’ll find on our website. You only have to answer 4 basic questions by selecting the appropriate answers from the drop-down boxes we have provided for the sake of simplicity, and you will be shown how much compensation you could be awarded. It will take but 30 seconds of your time.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you encounter any difficulties, or you have any queries, please feel free to chat to one of our experienced advisors, using the free helpline service that we provide. Call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 19th November 2014