Scaffolding & Working at Height Accidents
Working at height is necessary in many workplaces but unfortunately working at elevated height also means working at elevated risk. Falling is a very real possibility while working at height if proper safety precautions are not observed, and this can result in a range of different injuries including broken bones, head injuries, and back or spine injuries.
There are various situations in which somebody might be required to work at height. One of the most common examples is on a construction site or during the renovation or maintenance of an existing building. In this situation, a number of people may be required to work on scaffolding at anything from one story high to a number of floors off the ground. Workers may also find themselves working at height on machines such as cherry pickers.
Working on roofs can also be dangerous, particularly if it is in order to carry out repairs on a roof that is currently in poor condition, and this can be a common cause of accidents and injuries while working at height. Weak or damaged sections of roof can easily give way under a person’s weight, and this weakness may not be immediately obvious to the person working, and this can leave somebody falling straight through the roof onto whatever is below.
Working on ladders and stepladders is another form of working at height. The heights involved are often small compared to some other situations such as working on scaffolding, but the danger in the event of a fall can be very real. Some kinds of fall from a height in the workplace can affect workers who operate at ground level. In workplaces that contain a sudden drop, such as a garage with an inspection pit or an outdoor area where there is a sheer drop in the land, people who think they are safely on the ground can suddenly find themselves falling some distance.
Accident at Work Legislation
Every workplace involves some level of risk, and in workplaces where employees are required to operate at a height this risk is greatly increased. For this reason, the law places strict requirements on every employer in the UK, designed to ensure that they protect their employees from danger as far as is reasonably possible. The greater the risks present in the workplace, the more extensive the measures an employer should take to avoid accident and injury.
If an employer fails to implement safety measures as stringently and comprehensively as they should for workers operating at height, then accidents and injuries in the workplace become a very real possibility. If you have been injured after falling from height at work through no fault of your own within the last three years, and you believe your employer did not take the necessary steps to prevent it happening, then you may well be entitled to claim compensation. Call 0161 447 9193 for more information.
Compensation is the legal right of workers injured due to their employer’s negligence. It is designed to help relieve financial worries if an injury has left you unable to work, and also to make some level of amends for the pain and suffering caused by your injury.
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AccidentAtWorkClaims.Co employs a fully-qualified legal team who specialise in helping people who have been injured in the workplace to claim the compensation they are due. We recognise that making a compensation claim can be daunting, especially if you are still dealing with the effects of your injury, so we aim to make the process as clear, simple, and trouble free for you as we can.
The majority of our claims at AccidentAtWorkClaims.Co are subject to a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), better known as a no win no fee arrangement. Under this kind of agreement, if your claim isn’t successful and you don’t get any compensation then you will not owe us a fee. That way, you can begin your claim safe in the knowledge that you will not be left out of pocket if you are not successful.
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