Work at height injury claims can be some of the most common types when it comes to workplace accidents, and they can also be some of the most serious.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), one of the most common causes of workplace fatalities is accidents from height. It’s important for employers to ensure that they comply with the law and do all they can to avoid their employees being at risk of a fall from height injury. It’s also important for employees to do their jobs and protect themselves from danger as well.
The law is clear, and there’s plenty of simple things that employers can enforce to ensure that employees aren’t injured from a fall from height. Where they fail to protect their people, injured accident victims can be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Common work at height injury claims
Some commons scenarios where work at height injury claims for compensation succeed can include:
- Unprotected edges around holes in the ground / on construction sites;
- Unsafe practices for removing flooring or martial that may create a danger at height with workers in the area;
- A lack of signage;
- A lack of equipment where work at height is necessary.
Construction sites remain one of the more dangerous places that these kinds of accidents can occur. Employees aren’t necessarily working at a height as such, but they may be exposed to falls from height due to the work that’s being carried out.
Avoidance is easy
Realistically, avoiding work at height injury claims isn’t rocket science at all. Simple risk assessments can avoid incidents occurring, and proper training and procedures in place can allow for an educated workforce who can look after themselves, and each other.
Managers and supervisors must ensure that training is adhered to and ensure that policies are being followed as well. It’s no use having these life-saving practices in place if no one is bothering to stick to them, and if no one’s enforcing them.
Where an employer fails to adhere to the law, they can be liable for a claim for personal injury compensation. If the fault is with mangers and supervisors, or colleagues generally, injured victims can still be eligible to make a claim. Employers can be vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees on the whole.
No Win, No Fee for work at height injury claims
We can offer No Win, No Fee representation for work at height injury claims. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the team for a free, no-obligation claims assessment.
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