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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Fall injuries in Sunderland

    Sunderland claims in respect of injuries sustained in falls from height are thankfully not everyday occurrences, as the nature of the injuries suffered tend to be quite severe, and are sometimes fatal.

    The significance of blame

    Falls injuries in Sunderland happen both in the home environment and the working environment. Whatever the circumstances, one thing must be clear if you are hoping to claim compensation for any injury; the blame for the incident that gave rise to the injury has to be attributable to a third party.

    The safe use of ladders

    The most common cause of a falls from height is either through the incorrect use of a ladder, or using a faulty ladder. Use of ladders in the workplace is controlled under specific health and safety rules and guidelines issued by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). The HSE have issued a leaflet entitled “The safe use of ladders and stepladders.” These leaflets are designed to give useful advice to both employees and employers as well, as self employed people. The information is also useful to private individuals as well.

    Ladder safety leaflets are available from the HSE website

    Leaflets can be purchased from the HSE’s website under order code INDG455 at cost of £5.00 per pack of 5. Alternatively you can download a PDF copy from the website free of charge.  

    Carry out safety pre-checks each time before using ladders

    Falls from ladders cause serious injury to many people on a daily basis. To help to reduce the likelihood of falls, anyone using a ladder (whether in the workplace for in the home) should observe the following safety guidelines:

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    Before using a leaning ladder, the person intending to use the ladder should carry out the following pre-checks:

    • Ensure that the ladder (both the frame and the steps) is not bent in any way.
    • Check the feet of the ladder. If any are either missing or worn, they should be replaced before the ladder is utilised.
    • Ensure that all rungs are fixed firmly in position; do not use if any are loose.

    Anyone intending to use a stepladder should carry out the pre-checks listed above, and in addition should also:

    • Check that the locking bars are not worn or damaged.
    • Check that the stepping platform is not split or damaged in any way.

    Claiming for fall injuries in Sunderland

    If you’re thinking of claiming for fall injuries in Sunderland, why not contact us and find out how we can help with your claim?

    To find out more, visit our website, or text “claim 365” to 88010, or call our free  helpline from any landline on 0800 689 0500, or if using your mobile, 0333 500 0993.

    Date Published: 10th July 2014

    Author: Howie

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