Falling off a platform at work
A fall off a platform at work can cause very serious injuries and lead to considerable pain and suffering, a long period of recovery and rehabilitation and time off work. If you have been seriously injured in a fall from height at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation against your employer if the accident was their fault.
Our team of expert personal injury solicitors have over 20 years of experience in representing clients in Lincolnshire, the surrounding counties and across England and Wales in work claims and during this time have won millions of pounds in compensation on their behalf.
Of all work related accidents, falls from height account for the highest percentage of work related fatalities and serious injuries every year in the UK. Those who are involved in falling from working platforms often sustain very serious and long term injuries that require specialist treatment, rehabilitation and time off work.
Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors are proud to offer clients with new claim enquiries a free and no obligation initial consultation. During which we will ask you a series of questions about your accident and the injuries you have sustained. If we believe your fall from a working platform has good prospects of success then we will offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.
Call us now on 01507 609027 or complete the online enquiry form on this page.
Falls from platforms
According to information published on The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website, some 3750 serious injuries are caused by falls every year in British industry, making it one of the most common causes for very serious injury at work.
Falls from height also account for 45 deaths each year, meaning they are one of the biggest contributing factors leading to workplace fatalities.
Serious falling injuries can occur at any height, with numerous injuries reported due to falls from just 2m or less. Falls from ground level, into holes can also lead to serious injury.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured at work, it is vital you speak to solicitors who are experts in this type of law. The solicitors at Nigel Askew solicitors have been representing clients in serious work related accidents for 20 years and are on hand to speak to you today.
We offer free initial consultations as standard
We offer all clients that have been injured in a fall at work a free and no obligation initial consultation, during which we will take details from you relating to your fall.
We will ask you a series of questions to help us understand how the accident happened and establish who was to blame.
Once we have a detailed picture of your accident and the severity of your injuries, if we believe there is a good chance of a successful claim then we may offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.
Types of falls from height
Over the last 20 years our solicitors have advised clients on a wide range of different accident types involving falls from height.
Some of the most common accidents include:
- Falls from ladders
- Falls from standing on pallets mounted on fork lift trucks (FLTs)
- Falls off working platforms
- Falls from roofs
- Falls from scaffolding
- Falls in warehouses
- Falls on construction or building sites
Common Injuries associated with falls from height
The very nature of falling from height means that injuries can often be serious and in some cases, life threatening.
Some of the most common injuries that we have seen in the past include:
- Head and spinal injuries resulting in paralysis
- Brain injuries resulting in life long care
- Serious back injuries
- Fractured arms and legs
- Fractured hands, wrists and ankles
If you have sustained an injury due to a fall off a platform at work that is not listed above, please contact us today to see if you can claim compensation.
Call us on 01507 609027 or complete an online enquiry form.
The Law - Work at Height Regulations
All employers in England & Wales have a duty of care and responsibility to protect their employees from suffering an injury at work. The Health & Safety Executive have published a useful guide for employers which sets out the best practices on how to protect employees from sustaining serious injury when working at height.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAH 2005) provide essential reading for employers across all industries when tasks involving work at height are unavoidable.
Prosecutions and fines can be levied upon employers who fail to protect their workers from fall risks.
How can falls from height be prevented?
Where regular or frequent access to height is required, employers should consider how they can install safe access. For example, platforms, scaffolding or towers should be fitted with hand rails or extra safety barriers.
Where access to height is temporary, work must be planned in advance and even the simplest of safety measures, such as having another person at the base of a ladder, or hiring a cherry picker or scissor lift could make a big difference in reducing risk.
Having access to the right equipment and training is also crucial; safety harnesses, guard rails and crawl boards will help ensure jobs involving work at height can be completed without injury.
Maintenance is also an important part of staying safe at work, and equipment must be inspected regularly as part of the risk assessment procedure.
If you have been injured in a fall off a platform at work, contact us now.
Contact us today to discuss your potential claim
If you or a loved one have been injured in a fall off a platform at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
In order to determine whether you have a claim, and to arrange a no obligation consultation, call Nigel Askew Solicitors today on 01507 609027 or complete the website enquiry form on this page.
- 100% No Win No Fee Claims
- Free Initial Legal Advice
- Over 20 Year’s Experience
Call Us Today
A Portuguese lady developed a repetitive strain injury when working in a flower packing factory in South Lincolnshire.
Our client developed a repetitive strain injury whilst working for Peterborough City Council.