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Despite the most stringent of safety measures in the majority of workplaces, working at height is never without risk, and unfortunately falls from height are amongst the most common causes of injury in the workplace, often resulting in serious or even fatal injuries, including head and brain injuries, spinal injuries, bone breaks and fractures.

Those who work in a job that involves the use of ladders, cherry pickers, cranes, and scaffolding are typically at a higher risk of being injured in a fall from height accident. This could include window cleaners, construction workers, and engineers, and anyone else who is required to carry out some or all of their work at a height.

Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you are able to work at height as safely as possible, which is typically achieved by providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as harnesses, as well as providing adequate training and instruction to all employees who work at height.

If your employer has breached their duty of care, and their negligence has caused you to be injured in a fall from height accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation. The first step in claiming compensation and seeking justice after your accident is to contact a personal injury solicitor. The team at Lanyon Bowdler are highly qualified and experienced in helping people just like you to make a claim for compensation after a catastrophic injury.

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What is a Fall From Height?

A fall from height is a type of accident that occurs when someone falls from one level to another at a height of more than two metres. Falls from height can happen at work, at home, or in a public place. It could be that you are working above ground level and fall from a ledge that does not have a secure opening, or it can also refer to a fall through a hole or an opening in the ground.

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What are the most common causes of falls from height?

There are a number of different ways in which a fall from height could occur, including:

  • Ladders – They are an easy and quick way to access areas that are high up, however, improper use can make them unsafe. Ladders and stepladders are designed to be used for a short period of time, and they should be well maintained in good working order, and positioned on flat and even ground, free from obstruction.
  • Scaffolding – Many accidents that occur on construction sites are due to scaffolding that has been poorly maintained, poorly assembled, or due to improper training provided to employees.
  • Roof – Serious injury can occur when a worker falls from, or through, a roof. For example a worker may lose their grip when moving around on the roof, or they may not realise that a part of the roof is unable to support their weight.
  • Machinery & Vehicles – The type of machinery and vehicles used in industries such as farming, manufacture, construction, and warehousing often involve working at height, and poor maintenance and inadequate training could lead to a fall from height accident.

Other causes of falls from height can include areas where there are no safety barriers, or barriers are broken, and areas without warning signs to alert workers and the public to the danger of a fall. If you have been injured in a fall from height that occurred due to somebody else’s fault you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation, please get in touch with our team of specialist personal injury solicitors today to find out more.

What injuries can result from a fall from height?

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, such as the height from which the individual falls, and the general health and physical wellbeing of the individual, the injuries that can result from a fall from height can vary in degree from minor to catastrophic and life-changing, and could even prove fatal.

Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Cuts and bruises

If you have sustained an injury in a fall from height accident which was not your fault, speak to our team today to find out how we can help you.

What should I do if I have been injured in a fall from height?

If you have been injured in a fall from height accident, the first thing you should do is to seek immediate medical attention. Once you have been checked over by a doctor there are a number of other steps that you should take which will aid your compensation claim, including:

  • Obtain a copy of the medical report
  • Make sure the accident is logged as per your employer’s policy and reported via RIDDOR ( Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013)
  • Contact the police if you feel that criminal activity caused your accident
  • Gather evidence including photographs of your injuries and the scene of the accident
  • Gather witness statements or take contact details and obtain consent to contact
  • Keep a diary of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life
  • Contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as you are able to

If you have sadly lost a loved one after a fall from height accident you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. Here at Lanyon Bowdler our expert team are on hand to answer any questions you may have, and provide guidance and reassurance throughout this difficult time.

What duties does an employer have to prevent a fall from height?

Employers have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that their employees are able to carry out their work as safely as is reasonably possible. In practice, this may look differently depending on the situation, however, there are a number of guidelines and rules regarding safety procedures that employers should follow.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 provide a framework of safety protocols for employers to implement in order to protect their employees, and this could include things such as:

  • Providing appropriate training to all staff who work at height
  • Providing the correct PPE to all employees
  • Conducting regular risk assessments
  • Ensuring all equipment is maintained in good working order
  • Ensuring that working surfaces are stable and free from obstacles
  • Minimising the risk of an accident occurring by using harnesses, safety nets, fall arrest lanyards, air cushions, and soft landing systems

Regardless of the industry in which you are employed, if your job requires you to carry out any work at height, your employer has a legal obligation to take all possible and reasonable steps to protect you. Any breach in your employer’s duty of care could constitute negligence, and if their negligent actions cause or contribute to an accident in which you fall from height, you may be able to claim compensation.

How much compensation can I get for a fall from height?

The amount of compensation you can get for a fall from height will typically depend on the type and severity of your injuries, and the impact they have had on your life. Each compensation case is assessed thoroughly, and your personal injury solicitor will ensure your final compensation award takes into account the following:

  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • The pain and suffering you have endured
  • Any loss of earnings you have incurred
  • Any medical expenses incurred
  • Any future care and support needed
  • Your loss of amenity
  • Your rehabilitation and recovery

If you have any questions about your claim, our team is always happy to offer advice and guidance. We pride ourselves on offering a tailored approach to each personal injury case, ensuring we meet and exceed your individual needs.

Am I eligible to make a claim after a fall from height?

If you have been injured as a result of a fall from height accident at work, you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. You may also be entitled to make a compensation claim if you are related to an individual who has sadly died as a result of a fall from height accident at work.

To be eligible to make a claim, you must:

  • Have suffered an injury as a result of a fall from height at work
  • The injury must have been caused by your employer’s negligence
  • You must not have contributed to the accident yourself in any way

There are a number of ways in which your employer’s negligence could have caused your accident, for example:

  • Failing to provide you with adequate safety training
  • Failing to provide you with the proper PPE
  • Failing to maintain safe working conditions
  • Failing to supervise you properly

If you believe you may be eligible to make a claim, please get in touch with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors who will be able to assess your case and advise you on your legal rights.

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