If you or a loved one have been injured by a fall from height in an accident at work you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation.
Falling from a height can be a frightening, life-changing experience in more ways than one. Those few seconds can feel like a lifetime and can have far-reaching consequences both physically and mentally, with physical injuries almost always being serious ones. Injuries resulting from fall from height accidents can range from fractures, and broken bones, to back and head injuries. In a worst case scenario, a fall from height can be fatal.
Common Causes Of Fall From Height Compensation Claims
There are many professions that may involve working at height but there are some careers that put workers at a higher risk for getting injured causing a fall from height compensation claim than others. Those that might be deemed high-risk professions include but are not limited to:
- Construction workers;
- Window installers;
- Window cleaners;
- Warehouse workers;;
- Civil engineers
- Supermarket shelf loaders.
Building and construction sites are notorious not just for the most fall from height accidents but also for the most fatalities due to these types of accidents. Regardless of the industry, fall from height accidents are typically caused due to badly constructed scaffolding, absence of safety railings on scaffolding and high ledges, falls from ladders that are unsteady or broken, and absence of anti-slip protection on high surfaces. Many of these type of accidents where negligence has been the cause can lead to compensation for a fall from height being sought. Working outdoors to install or clean roofing, gutters and other elevated surfaces during bad weather also increases the risk of fall from height accidents.
Employer’s Responsibility To Prevent Falls From Height At Work
The law holds employers responsible for conducting a risk assessment of their workplace and accordingly putting in place the relevant safety measures to protect their employees from falls from height at work. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 specifically addresses the inherent risks involved while working at height. Under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, employers are required to make sure that all these requirements are met:
- A proper risk assessment is carried out;
- All surfaces are dry, sturdy, and free from obstacles;
- All equipment is in good working order with no risk of malfunctioning while you are working at height;
- Employees who are working at height receive the appropriate training so they can carry out the task safely;
- Employees are provided with the proper personal protection equipment.
Regardless of which industry you are working in or what your role is in the company, if your job involves doing any work at height, your employer is required by law to make sure that all risks are minimised. If your employer fails to fulfil even one of the above requirements and you are injured while working, they can be held liable for your injuries and paying you compensation.
Steps To Take After A Fall From Height Accident
First, and most important, never take a fall from height accident lightly. Even if any external injuries seem minor, there is a high chance that you may have internal injuries. Very often, immediately after the accident, adrenalin kicks in and you may not realise how much pain you are in or how serious your injuries are. The first thing you must do after a fall from height is call an ambulance and get a thorough medical check-up. This medical check-up will also serve as evidence of your injuries when you file a fall from height claim for compensation.
Aside from medical attention, there are other things you should do after a fall from height, which will help support your compensation claim.
- Create a record of the events as they unfolded in the accident book, which should be on the work floor or in the HR office.
- Get photographs of the scene of the accident showing if possible what caused the accident. Also get photographs of your injuries.
- Obtain witness statements if possible to support your claim.
- Keep all medical records, including X-Rays and other diagnostic tests, prescription medication, the doctor’s diagnosis, treatment required. Also keep any and all medical expenses.
- Get in touch with a personal injury solicitor at the earliest so you can determine your eligibility to file a claim for compensation.
Making A Compensation Claim
Making a successful claim for compensation relies on being able to prove that the injuries were caused by the fall from height accident and happened because somebody else made a mistake or failed to do their duty.
Speaking with an experienced personal injury solicitor about your fall from height accident can usually be done in a free consultation and allows you the opportunity to get an experts advice. Personal injury solicitors who specialise in accidents at work know exactly what your rights are to claim compensation and most will be experienced in dealing with all kinds of workplace accidents. If they conclude your fall from height accident entitles you to claim compensation and offer you a No Win No Fee agreement they will fight to ensure that you get the full compensation due to you.
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