Accidents at Height Compensation Claims

Working at any height can be dangerous and can give rise to substantial health and safety risks. This is not just from falling but also other risks that arise from working on platforms, scaffolds, ladders and other confined spaces.

Whilst falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injuries at work in the UK many other accidents occur at height because of poor planning, defective work equipment or lack of training.

The purpose of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and personal injury caused by such activities. It applies not only to employers but also anyone in control of an activity which involves work at height. They must ensure that the work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people.

This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height and providing proper instructions.

A risk assessment should be undertaken which identifies the measures required to ensure that the work can be carried out safely and to minimise the risk of personal injury.

In many cases it may be necessary to have the work area cordoned off and for suitable warnings to be provided where there is a risk of falling objects. An employer should provide protective equipment to ensure that any risk of personal injury is reduced.

Steps should also be taken to ensure good communication between workers at height and effective access to the work area should an accident occur.

If you have sustained injury whilst working at height, you may be entitled to recover personal injury compensation. At Sintons our pesonal injury specialists have a wealth of experience in pursuing compensation claims for accidents at work.

All accident claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.

To begin a personal injury compensation claim or obtain further advice with no obligation contact Sintons 24/7.