A fall when working at height is still one of the main causes of major injuries and fatality in the workplace. Every year, falls from height cause 29% of fatal injuries, around 80 major injuries and over 230 absences over 3 days long. The most common falls from height are:
In many cases accidents are entirely preventable if the work to be carried out is:
Under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, employers have a legal duty of care to ensure that:
Under the Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007, wherever you are required to work at height, your employer, manager, project supervisor, foreman or any person who controls the work of others must ensure:
The Regulations set out clear requirements for:
An employer is considered to have breached the “duty of care” owed to you as an employee if they failed to do everything that was “reasonably practicable” to keep you safe from harm.
If your normal work does not involve working at height but a task may require you to do so, your employer should assess the risks and think about how the task can safely be carried out. If you suffer a fall when working at height, your employer must provide evidence to show that suitable and sufficient measures had been taken to prevent this.
The outcome from a fall from height is often fatal but you can also be left with devastating injuries and a lifelong disability.
Your Legal Friend has an in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation and over 30 years of experience in successfully managing workplace compensation claims. We can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you make your case and secure the best possible settlement.
Falls from Height - the most common cause of fatality in the workplace
Typical causes of working at height accidents
- When not appropriate for the task
- In an unsafe manner (you need to maintain three points of contact at the working position)
- Not ensuring that the ladder is properly footed (secured on the ground and capable of carrying the maximum intended load without settling or displacement)
- Placed at a too steep or too shallow angle
- Unsafe for the purpose – rungs/safety locking are broken or missing
- That has not been erected properly
The most serious or fatal injuries frequently involve falling
Fragile roofs and skylights are two of the most common risks faced when working at height on roof repairs, renovations or cleaning. Potential problem areas are:
Industries where workers are more at risk of falls when working from height, include:
I was injured when working at height – do I have a claim?
The Work at Height Regulations 2005/07 are intended to protect everyone who has to work at height.
An employer who neglects or fails to minimise risk to ensure your safety can be found liable if you suffer a serious injury caused when working at height.
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As experienced personal injury specialists, we have over 30 years of experience in managing compensation cases involving accidents at work. We are committed to guiding you through every step of the process and ensuring that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by specialist solicitors with a record of success in this field.
Our in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you succeed in making your claim. We can:
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