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Making a Fall from Height Claim

If you have been injured at work following a fall from height, you may be entitled to make a fall from height claim for compensation against your employer. Employers must provide a safe working environment for all employees. It is their responsibility to ensure that workplace accidents are kept to a minimum. When an employer fails to protect their employees from the risk of a fall, compensation claims can be made against them by injured members of staff.

Working at Height – Employer’s Duties

The Work at Height Regulations (2005) place a duty on employers to keep their staff safe from injury or death when working at height. The Health and Safety Executive have also provided guidance for employers to help them adhere to these regulations.

The regulations state that an employer must avoid the need for an employee to work at height. Essentially, an employer should avoid the risk of working at height if the job can be done without the employee working at height. You may ask, is this not common sense? You are correct, but many employers do not consider the job properly, and simple, but more safe solutions can be overlooked. It is usually the case that the employer does not know the law, and where they do, they invariably choose to ignore it.

 Where you are unable to perform a job without working at height, your employer should provide you with the correct equipment and then carefully plan and supervise the work at height. It is important that your employer implement suitable and adequate measures to prevent you from falling. All employers should do the following to ensure their staff are safe whilst working at height:

  • Provide appropriate and adequate training for working at height.
  • Provide appropriate and adequate Personal Protective Equipment for working at height.
  • Implement and conduct a risk assessment for working at height.
  • Ensure that surfaces at height are sturdy, dry, and free from obstacles or defects.
  • Ensure all equipment is in good working order and free from faults.

If you do fall, your employer must demonstrate and evidence the risk assessment, and the measures taken to ensure safety. Regular supervision, inspection, training, use of the correct equipment, and planning must be undertaken.

Common Fall from Height Accidents

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of serious injury or death in the workplace. Some professions place a higher risk of falls from height on employees. Scaffolders, Roofers, window cleaners, construction workers and window installers are examples of the jobs which place more risk of a fall from height on staff. Some examples of work at height accidents are:

  • Using step ladders when a ladder is not appropriate for the job.
  • Using ladders in an inappropriate manner or where they are not properly footed.
  • Using ladders at a too steep or too shallow angle.
  • Using scaffolding which has not been erected properly.
  • Falling from a height due to the absence, or insecurity of a safety railing

Serious Injuries

Some of the worst injuries are caused by falling from a height. Head and brain injuries can be caused when striking the head on the ground. Hand and wrist fractures when hands are impulsively extended to break the fall. Foot, ankle, and leg fractures when the legs hit the ground. Serious spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or tetraplegia. It is also not unusual for falls from height to cause fatalities.

What Should I do Following a Fall from Height at Work?

You should report any accident at work to your employer as soon as it has happened. You should also make sure the incident has been recorded and ask for a copy of the incident report. Seek medical attention for your injuries if required and ensure that you keep evidence of any expenses, such as parking or medical receipts.

Should I Make a Fall from Height Claim?

It is apparent that many employers do not consider jobs that require working at height properly. Quite often, risk assessments are not done, and the proper planning and supervision is not undertaken. 

You may be able to pursue a claim for personal injury following a fall from height if you sustained an injury, and your employer’s negligence was the cause of the accident.

It is important to note that you generally have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim, or three years from the date of diagnosis of your injury if it was not immediately apparent.

How can I make a claim for a fall from height at work?

During your initial consultation, our specialist solicitors will provide you with legal advice about fall from height at work claims and will inform you about the relevant limitation rules before you start your claim.

Our personal injury lawyers will then ask you for details about your accident and the initial injuries that were suffered as a result. This will help our injury lawyers to assess the likelihood of your claim being successful.

During these initial stages of your claim for compensation, it is vital that you gather the relevant evidence to support your claim. Relevant evidence may include CCTV footage of the incident, medical records, photographs of your injuries, and witness statements.

Your personal injury solicitor may also ask that you undergo an official medical examination in order to receive medical reports about the injuries that you have sustained. These medical reports will provide vital medical evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries. Even if you have received other medical care prior to starting your injury claim, a more thorough medical assessment may still be needed to produce detailed, accurate, and reliable medical reports.

If we think that your claim would be likely to succeed, we will offer to proceed with your claim on a no win, no fee basis; if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay any legal fees.

How Can Beacon Law Assist?

If you have suffered an injury due to a lack of care on your employer’s behalf, and you have sustained an injury as a result of a fall from a height, then please contact us today to make a personal injury claim. Our contact details can be found below or you can complete our online claim form and we will call you back.

Beacon Law are an experienced firm of Personal Injury Solicitors with expertise in fall from height claims. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. To find out about our no win, no fee basis funding, have a look at the funding section on our website.

To find out more about time limits, claim valuations, and support provided, please visit the claims process section on our website.


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