Most working at height claims can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.
Every year our Personal Injury Solicitors secure millions of pounds in compensation for people injured in accidents across the UK. We offer a free injury claim assessment service to help you understand if there's a realistic chance of being awarded compensation. Simply provide us with the details about your working at height accident and your injuries and we will assess your claim free of charge.
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The Law and Responsibilities of Employers
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 exist to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height accidents in workplaces.
The law requires that employers and those in control of working at height must first access the risks.
The HSE website states: "Those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height."
"Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with."
Workers working at height should be provided with appropriate protective equipment, such as harnesses and barriers, and any requirements specified in the risk assessment should be implemented before the work starts.
When health and safety rules are not followed and a worker suffers a fall causing injuries or death, a claim for compensation can be made.
Working at Height Injuries
Working at height fall injury accidents are common and often result in serious injuries (head and brain injuries) even when the fall was from a height of less than two metres. In some industries fall from height accidents are a common cause of fatal accidents. In the construction industry HSE statistics show that 19% of injuries reported by employers in 2014/15 involved fall from height accidents.
Common causes of working at height injuries include:
- Fall from a ladder
- Fall from a vehicle (particularly fork lift trucks)
- Falling off machinery
- Fall from roof / fall through false ceiling
- Fall from scaffolding or gantry
- Falls caused by slipping
Falling on stairs is also a very common cause of workplace injuries.
For free legal advice call our Personal Injury Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will help you.
The last thing you want to think about if you've been injured in a fall from height accident whilst working is the cost of making a compensation claim. If we can provide you with a No Win No Fee agreement, this will allow your injury claim to proceed whilst giving you time to recover, knowing that there is no financial risk to you* – this fact alone helps many injured claimants to recover faster.
APIL Members: Several of our Personal Injury Solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Co-op Legal Services has offices in Manchester, Bristol and London.
* Subject to entering into and complying with the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement and an After The Event insurance policy.