It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that employees work in a safe environment and that the risk of injuries and accidents is kept to a minimum.
There are laws in place to protect the employee such as the Work at Height Regulation 2005, which states that all employers are obligated to take steps to prevent any of their employees from falling. The regulations cover a wide range of situations from working high above ground level in dangerous situations to an employee standing on a chair to change a light bulb.
You could be able to make an accident in the work place claim for compensation if you are injured due to the negligence of your employer in protecting you at work. This could be because of poor training, faulty equipment or lack of proper procedure. A claim for compensation can help to cover medical bills and aftercare as well as any loss of earnings due to the injury after a fall at work.
There are many factors that can cause or contribute to a fall at work. Some of the more common causes of falls from heights are:
At Hattons Solicitors we can advise you on whether you can make a claim and we can help to answer your questions to put your mind at ease.
Many employees worry that they could lose their job if they make a claim against their employer. However an employer is required by law to have insurance that should cover any compensation awarded. Since 1963 it is compulsory for employers to have Employers Liability Insurance.
Also, it is important to remember that by highlighting health and safety problems at work it prevents others from being hurt and in the long run could ensure that procedures are improved.
We can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you would like legal advice about falls from heights at work and how to make a compensation claim call our friendly legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now Form to the right of this screen and we will call you back.