Ladder Accidents and Falls From Height Claims
Many workplace injuries involve ladder accidents, often leading to very serious injuries. Falls from height are one of the most common causes of fatalities in the workplace, accounting for almost a quarter of fatal injuries to workers. Accidentally falling from a height is the second most common cause of catastrophic or fatal injuries after road traffic accidents. A fall of over 2 feet carries a significant risk that a serious injury will result.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that falls from height is the most common cause of fatal injuries in the workplace. There were a total of 25 fatal injuries reported as a result of falling from height in 2012/13 and a further 2,522 people with serious injuries.
There are strict regulations (Work at Height Regulations) which were introduced to protect anyone who has to work at height. Working at height covers anything from working on ladders or scaffolding or even to standing on a chair in the office. Whilst many falls from height do happen in work environments like the construction industry, they can also occur in a variety of other situations. Retail and catering workers are often required to retrieve items stored at height, unsafe stairs and landings in rented property can result in injury to tenants. Visitors to premises should be kept reasonably safe from danger, including falls from heights.
The risk of serious injury or death occurring from a fall means that the duty of care imposed on those in control of a premises, whether as employers or occupiers, is high – it is not enough to just tell people to ‘be careful’.
Freeclaim Solicitors have expertise in ladder accidents and falls from height compensation claims. We offer no win no fee advice and all enquiries are free with no obligation.
Call free on 0800 612 7340 or use our online enquiry form. We have specialist solicitors who can guide you through the process and take away the stress of making a claim.
Common falls from height and falling from a ladder claims
- Ladder accidents – Ladders and stepladders are an easy way to access high areas; however, they are not always the safest or most suitable method. Ladders should only be used for periods of short duration and in circumstances where there is low risk or no alternative. Common causes of ladder accident also include where the ladders have been badly maintained, where materials or tools need to be carried up and down the ladders and where the ladder has not been fixed or stabilised correctly.
- Falls from or through a roof – Many serious injuries are as a result of falls where workers are moving between surfaces, where workers don’t notice a roof light or realise how dangerous they are to stand on, where the roof cannot support the load or where there has been loss of grip.
- Falls from machinery or large vehicles – These types of accidents are particularly prevalent in the farming, construction and manufacturing industries.
- Falls from scaffolding – Most building site and construction accidents are normally due to scaffolding not being correctly fitted and maintained, or where training has not been provided.
- Falls in warehouses/supermarkets – These can include instances where employees have suffered injury as a result of a fall whilst stacking shelves or moving goods around.
- Other falls from height can include any significant falls from areas that may have no safety barrier or warnings such as loading bays, telegraph poles and pylons, lift shafts and even stairs.
Why choose Freeclaim work accident solicitors?
We are specialist solicitors with many years experience in compensation claims for ladder accidents and other falls from height. You will also benefit from the following:
- All enquiries are free and confidential.
- No win no fee – you pay nothing if you lose your claim.
- Specialist work accident claims solicitors with over 30 years’ experience.
- Expertise in serious injury claims.
- Independent – we act only in your best interests.
- Legal 500 recommended.
Remember, as work compensation claims solicitors, you’re assured of professional and expert legal advice.
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