Serious Work at Height Claims Lincolnshire
If you have been injured in a workplace accident whilst working at height, Nigel Askew Solicitors can advise you on the prospects of making a successful work at height accident claim. We represent clients from across Lincolnshire who have sustained serious injuries at work and can help you claim today.
Recent figures published by The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for 2018/19 found that falling from height accidents accounted for 40 fatalities amongst UK workers during this period, the highest percentage of any type of work related fatal accident. Thousands more were seriously injured in falling from height accidents, making this one of the most dangerous working environments.
Training and full health and safety risk assessments are vital to ensure workers are safe whilst working at height. If your employer has fallen foul of these strict regulations and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
We offer free initial consultations to all clients who have been injured working at height. Contact our expert solicitors today by calling 01507 609027.
Industries most at risk from working at height accidents
The workforces within the construction, manufacturing and agricultural sectors are most at risk of sustaining serious injury from falling at height accidents. For example, although the agriculture sector is only responsible for just 1.7% of the UK’s workforce, 16% of serious and fatal work injuries occur within the sector.
Common types of accidents
Some of the most common types of accidents to occur at height include:
- Falls from scaffolding and scaffolding towers
- Falls from ladders and telescopic handlers
- Falls through roof-lights and fragile roofs
- Falls from platforms and caissons
An employer's responsibility - The Work at Height Regulations
All employers have a duty of care and responsibility to protect their workers from sustaining injury within the workplace. The HSE have published a guide for employers which describes how to protect employees from sustaining serious injury for 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.
Steps Employers should take to ensure safety
Employers are urged to stop and think before working at height. Work must be planned in advance and even the simplest of safety measures, such as having another person at the base of a ladder, can make a big difference in reducing risk.
Having access to the right equipment and training is 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, and equipment must be inspected regularly as part of the risk assessment procedure.
Discuss your work at height claim today
If you have been injured in a fall from height 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. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, with no hidden costs. If you feel you have a claim, get in touch today.
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