Injury due to fall from height

Advice and Assistance from Cohen Cramer

When you go to work you expect your employer to provide you with a safe working environment with the correct tools and equipment to make sure that you don’t sustain an injury. Sadly, this is not always the case and a failure to provide these basic requirements can lead to serious injury or worse.

We are experts when to comes to dealing with such accidents and we can help you claim compensation for your injuries and loss; the compensation that you deserve.

If you have had an accident and suffered an injury as a result of:

  • a fall from a ladder or
  • working at a height

at your place of work or while working away from your normal place of work then you can claim compensation for your injuries and losses.

testpeelWe can deal with your accident claim on a No Win-No Fee basis so, if any reason your claim fails,you won’t pay us a penny for the work we have done on your behalf.

You can claim compensation if you had an accident at work and fallen from a ladder, kick-stand or other height. There is no set definition of what is meant by ‘height’. You just simply have to be stood on something other than the floor.

It doesn’t have to have been a great height to be classified as a fall from height accident, there just has to be a risk that you may fall. The regulations on employers are onerous given the serious consequences of falling from height. However many unfortunately seem to go ignored, especially when jobs need to be done quickly or to a budget.

Falls from height can be the cause of serious injuries in the workplace and the losses and injuries that result can be substantial; we understand this and will look to recover full compensation for your injuries and financial losses such as:

  • Lost income if you need time from work for recovery or treatment
  • Medication and treatment costs such as physiotherapy/long term care if needed as a result of your accident
  • Damaged property such as clothing, spectacles. mobile phone etc.
  • Out of pocket expenses such as additional mileage etc.
  • Gratuitous care and assistance from family and friends
  • Pension loss and prejudice on the job-market if a serious accident
  • All other losses arising from, and as a direct result of the accident

To get your claim started or just to have a chat to see if we can help you get in touch with us today:

  • call: 0113 224 7830 (24 hours)
  • email: enquiry@cohencramerpi.co.uk
  • pop your details into the contact box on the right and we will get back to you

For the Quality Legal Service you deserve.

Working at height and the law.

Claim for a fall from height

Claim for a fall from height

One of the most common types of accidents at work involves workers being injured when falling from a height. In order to reduce the number of serious injuries sustained as a result of this type of accident the Work at Height Regulations 2005 were brought into effect on the 6th April 2005.

What types of fall can I claim for ?

The regulations apply whether you work outdoors, indoors or underground, and there is no requirement for a fall to be from a minimum height, just that there is a risk of you falling.  This could include :

  • fall from Platforms
  • fall from Scaffolding
  • fall from Buildings
  • fall from Ladders
  • fall from Stepladders

The regulations apply to any place or situation where you are required to work from a height; it does not have to be at your usual place of work.  Most places of work are covered including offices, shops and warehouses.

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Employers have a responsibility for all workers in the workplace concerned, and all workers have a duty to comply with the regulations whether self employed, a contractor, permanently employed or temporarily employed.  In addition all workers including employees have a responsibility to:

  • avoid working at a height wherever possible
  • to use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height

Where it is not possible to eliminate the risk of a fall, employees must use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of the fall.

It is the responsibility of the every employer who has a duty to assess and consider the safety of those working at a height.

They must:

  • Properly plan and organise the work
  • Undertake risk assessments
  • Make sure that all those involved in working at heights are trained properly and are competent
  • Provide and maintain proper equipment for working at height and inspect the equipment regularly
  • Specifically consider the weather conditions and if necessary postpone work until the weather improves
  • Consider the risk from fragile surfaces and avoid them if possible
  • Risk assess, provide and maintain personal safety equipment
  • Prevent items falling and persons being hit by a falling object, for example by restricting access to the area.

Examples of the Working at Height Regulations

Situations where the regulations apply include:

  • A shop employee using a ladder to change a light bulb
  • A building owner who engages a roofing contractor
  • A person hit by a box falling from a stack

In all cases you should use a solicitor who specialises in work injury claims and understands the strategies that insurers use to defend fall from height compensation claims and how to overcome them.  By using a specialist you are far more likely to receive the amount of compensation you deserve.

To get your claim started or to have a chat to see what we can do to help, get in touch with us today:

  • call: 0113 224 7830 (24 hours)
  • email: enquiry@cohencramerpi.co.uk
  • pop your details into the contact box at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you

For the Quality Legal Service you deserve.