What Are Examples of Falls From Unsecured Ladders Claims?
Successful claims are frequently related to work at height, most commonly involving a ladder. Although some cases of ladder falls result from inappropriate instruction on the safe use of ladders provided by an employer, the vast majority of personal injuries occur when a worker has been allowed to use unsuitable, faulty, unsecure ladders or stepladders. Conducting regular checks on the condition and safety of a ladder is an integral part of an employer’s responsibilities, particularly when most of the labour performed is at height. There are also a number of safety features which should be incorporated where possible, which include stabilizers, non-skid surfaces and a guard rail. Where injuries happen at work, the employer may be judged to be liable for any employee injuries suffered, and a claim for compensation may be built.
Nonetheless, ladders are not the only piece of equipment where negligent construction or inspection can result in avoidable personal injury. Other common cases occur with poorly fitted scaffolding, where equipment-related risk factors for falls include improper maintenance or assembly, use of broken equipment, an excess of weight applied on the type of scaffolding and a lack of appropriate safety equipment such as guard rails or netting. There have also been claims made for accidents caused by the use of crane equipment that was unsuitable or poorly fitted, with necessary precautions not made. If you feel unsecured equipment has caused your injury, it is worth talking to our team.
It is easy to underestimate the level of damage a fall from an unsecured piece of equipment can cause. 17% – or almost one in five – of UK workplace fatalities have occurred from falls in the last ten years, most commonly involving a fall from height. Many other cases result in broken bones and complications such as psychological distress and time off work leading to financial losses.
Employers no longer have an excuse for negligent applications of health and safety guidelines. Whilst in the past there were no such rules in place, there have been a number of Government Acts in recent years for the express purpose of improving workplace safety. These clearly state new employer responsibilities – including guidelines about the safe installation and maintenance of scaffolding and ladders.
The NHS foots a bill of almost £133 million each year in helping victims of avoidable workplace injuries to recover, and their time spent in dealing with these cases may take doctors away from other patients in need, placing additional pressure on our NHS.
What Are My Employer’s Responsibilities?
As stated, falls from unsecured equipment are usually preventable by taking some common sense precautions in the interest of worker safety, and these actions are part of an employer’s responsibility. When employers carry out their risk assessments of their premises as they should, basic safety training where risks are present should be given, and scaffolding, ladders, and other equipment for working at height, such as cranes, should all be frequently checked to ensure that they are fit for purpose. The surfaces used to rest ladders and scaffolding must be examined to ensure levelness and avoid slipping hazards. Where necessary, precautions such as anti-slip mats should also be made. Adverse weather conditions should be monitored in advance when outside work is necessary. Above all, an employer must make sure an employee is aware of possible risks faced in the workplace and takes measures to address those risks in the interests of health and safety. Injuries caused by falls from unsecured equipment are usually accountable to negligence in this responsibility, and may warrant a personal injury claim.
How Do I Know If I Have A Claim?
Claims may be made in cases where it can be proved that an employer’s negligence of health and safety principles has resulted in avoidable injury to someone under their ’care’. According to the law, employers must provide suitable training and equipment to keep their employees safe whilst working to minimise all risks as much as is humanly possible. The volume of protective legislation put into place is staggering, and may give an employee insight into their rights.
Notable literature includes the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 as well as British and European standards, which all clearly outline and define an employer’s responsibilities to you. If employer negligence can be proven against these guidelines and complications have been suffered as a result, you will be eligible to make a falls from unsecured equipment compensation claim.
Our Falls From Unsecured Ladders Or Other Equipment Claims Experience
At Asons Solicitors, we understand how injuries sustained as a result of a fall from an unsecured ladder can be painful, frustrating, and even in some cases debilitating. From bruises and bumps to bone breakages and fractures, more serious circumstances have even seen individuals fall onto dangerous tools and equipment or into harmful substances with devastating consequences.
Whatever the injury, it is likely that time off from work will be needed to recover, which can result in a substantial loss of income. Victims may also suffer negative psychological symptoms from being let down by a trusted employer and even from blaming themselves for an industrial fall, which is a common causative factor of unhealthy stress. A successful fall from unsecured equipment compensation claim can help mitigate that loss of earnings, whilst paying towards medical treatment to ensure a full and healthy recovery.
To maximise your chances of making a successful unsecured equipment fall compensation claim, you should speak to Asons Solicitors today. We can act on your behalf to collate the required records and evidence to substantiate your claim – whilst providing expert support and advice every step of the way.
We deal with falls at work every day, so we understand how hard it can be for sufferers to take this important and decisive step. The law protects those who come forward to claim compensation, so it is imperative that you do not fear for your job security when electing to make a claim. If an employer has been negligent in their duty to provide a safe working environment for you, and you have suffered as a result, compensation is the lawful way for them to make amends.
We understand that being the victim of an unsecured piece of equipment at work can be stressful, and that the resulting time off work and loss of income can be frustrating. No one knows this better than our expert personal injury solicitors. By speaking to us, you will be guaranteed to receive the utmost care and attention whilst we deal with your falls from unsecured ladders compensation claim.
Falls From Ladders Support
Our comprehensive guide to the problem of accidents sustained at work, entitled Workplace Accidents – The Occupational Hazard, details all types of common claims from falls to electric shocks to hearing loss, alongside remarkable statistics on their occurrence.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides plenty of helpful information for both employers and victims of falling from ladders and other equipment accidents. It provides brochures and printed material for use around the work place as well as guides and checklists for ensuring employee safety. It also includes directions to other support groups that deal with specific injuries so you may find added support and information there. Shattered Lives is a foundation set up to help victims deal with workplace incidents which cause them debilitating injury.