Many construction accidents involving falls from height result in personal injuries such as broken limbs, paralysis and brain damage, and in the worst cases, death. Employers are legally obliged to protect members of staff who work at height with proper equipment, risk assessments and full training. You are entitled to make a claim for compensation if your employer has neglected their duty to you and you have become injured as a result.
If you or a loved one have fallen from height at work, contact our team today to discuss making a claim. You can either get in touch by calling us on 0800 10 757 95, chatting to us using our online function or by filling in the enquiry form on this page.
An explanation of what can cause you to fall from height
Information on the situations that often lead to falls from height
An explanation of an employer’s responsibility to protect workers from harm
Including case studies
Falls from height are a risk in a wide range of industries, and are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, despite the fact that many of these accidents could be prevented with the implementation of simple health and safety measures.
Factors that may cause a worker to fall include:
Demands to complete a job on time can sometimes also cause workers to cut corners and put their own safety at risk.
Falls from height are some of the most common claims we deal with. Falls can occur in factories, offices, on construction sites, in schools and in supermarkets. The most common scenarios include:
Many people in the UK, including window cleaners, painters, decorators and building site workers, use ladders regularly. Precautions must be taken to ensure no harm is caused when using a ladder. This includes securing the ladder on a stable surface at the top (and mid-way along if it’s a long ladder), preventing the feet from slipping by using stays and grippers or having someone stand at the bottom to hold the ladder in place to prevent any movement.
Some roofing materials can become fragile or brittle after exposure to strong weather conditions. Serious personal injuries and fatalities have occurred when employees have fallen through roofs made of brittle material like asbestos, cement sheets and glass skylights. Scaffolding used on roofs has to be properly erected and easy to use and dismantle.
To read more about injuries caused by falling from scaffolding, click here.
Other common scenarios we encounter include falling from large vehicles, such as forklift trucks, falling while stacking shelves and falling down a lift shaft or stairwell.
Working at height in any capacity carries significant risk, and all employers and site managers are therefore obliged to be fully aware of the laws and regulations surrounding roof work, window repairs and building maintenance.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a downloadable guide that highlights to employers the major risks of working at height. The guide states that work at height should always be carried out on a suitable platform with edge protection. It also advises workers that equipment for working at height, such as a ladder, should not be used for any lengthy period of time.
If your employer has failed to follow procedures to reduce the risk of an injury while working at height, and you have become injured as a result, then you could be entitled to compensation.
The personal injury team at YouClaim has helped many workers who have suffered an injury following a fall from height due to the negligence of an employer. We understand the devastating impact such accidents can have on your life and will do everything in our power to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, so you can access the best treatments available.
Compensation can also help to pay for expenses incurred as a result of your injury. This includes any lost earnings, changes to your home and transport costs. Our aim is to make your recovery as stress free as possible, so you can concentrate on getting as close as possible to the position you were in before the accident.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a fall from height and you believe someone else was to blame for the accident, YouClaim can help you make a compensation claim. Call us today on 0800 10 757 95. Alternatively, you can let us know that you would like to start the claims process by using our e-chat function or filling in the online form on this page.