Falling from height can be a scary experience, and it can have a major impact on your life, both physically and mentally, financially and in your personal life. These falls can also, unfortunately, cause serious or life-changing injuries, and, in the worst cases, can be fatal. If you have fallen from a height, and it was not your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Types of falls from height
There are many reasons you can fall from height, and according to the Health and Safety Executive, falls from height accounted for 25% of all fatal injuries to workers from 2014- 2019, and 8% of non-fatal injuries. Some of the most common causes to fall include:
- Scaffolding Falls– scaffolding falls may be caused by incorrect building. This may be due to the scaffolding being constructed incorrectly, or having inadequate safety railings.
- Ladder falls- Poorly maintained or defective ladders or steps can cause falls.
- Weather conditions- poor weather conditions can also cause falls. Whilst no one can control the weather, if your employer has made you go out and work in unsafe conditions we may be able to help.
- Warehouse racking- similarly to the scaffolding and ladders, these accidents can be caused by poorly maintained or dangerous racking.
Falls from height at work
There are many industries where you may need to work at height, which comes with the risk of falling from height. The further you are working from the ground, the more dangerous your working conditions are. Your employers have a duty to make sure you are less at risk. If you work in one of these industries, then it is the responsibility of your employer to make sure that you are kept safe. They must follow the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The industries that carry the most risk of falling from height include construction, window cleaning, architecture, roofing, engineering, warehouses, and retail. All these industries involve some form of working at height, and so require correct and thorough training to ensure they are kept safe. They are not the only industries that you can have an accident falling from height. Falling from height may also include falling down stairways.
Claiming Against Your Employer
It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe at work. This means that they must make sure you have the correct training and equipment to be able to do your job correctly. Risk assessments must also be carried out, to ensure the job is done safely. This is especially important when working from height, as working at height involves more risks.
If your employer has not followed the guidelines to keep you safe at work, or has done so incorrectly, you may be able to claim compensation. We understand that you may feel uneasy about claiming against your employer, however all employers must have employer’s liability insurance. This covers the costs of accidents at work, including accidents falling from height. It is the insurance which would pay the compensation, so your employer would not be directly out of pocket.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else
Unfortunately, due to the nature of these accidents, you may be in a situation where a loved one has sadly lost their life due to a fall from height, or be in a position where they are unable to make a claim for themselves. If a loved one has been left in a position that they are dependent on you, or if they suffered a fatal accident, then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf.
We understand that it is a difficult situation when an accident has caused the death of a loved one, and we also understand that it may not be very easy to talk about, but the solicitors we work with are here to help; they can take the financial burden you may have been left with due to your loved one’s accident, and help you financially recover from it.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with accidents at work every day, including falling from height whilst at work. Contact us today by filling in our form or calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.