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Falls From Height – Employer Responsibilities

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Hello, John here blogging again.

As I have often seen in decades of practice, working at height is a particularly dangerous job. It sounds simple to get it right, but the consequences of getting it wrong are really grave and it is both amazing and sad how often it goes wrong.

Employers should take a lot of extra care to reduce the risks and the consequences of an employee falling and there is a huge amount of legislation to police this.

If suitable and adequate protection is not in place and a worker falls, I have seen that they can be left with very serious injuries, or even killed. The HSE estimate that approximately 50 people die in this country every year as a result of falls from height at work.

Clearly certain types of worker are more at risk of a fall from height, such as those that frequently use ladders, scaffolding and cherry pickers/cranes.

Sadly, I have dealt with many claims arising from a fall from height and I can help you too.

Employers should always consider whether tasks can be carried out at ground level, if the right equipment is provided. If there genuinely is no alternative to working at height, really strict and comprehensive protective measures should be put in place to reduce the risk of falling and sustaining a serious injury. I suggest that you read the Serious Injury page on our website.

I often have to investigate whether employers failed to meet their statutory (and other) obligations to keep folk safe from falls at work. Claims arising from falls can be very complex and hard fought, but I have a 100% record of success with these claims (to date!)

My experience in running work accident and falls claims means that I understand how a life can be affected hugely. I know how to address the injuries and what positive rehabilitation action can be taken, both to help with a claim and with ongoing care and recovery.

Most of the claims I run are on a “no win, no fee” basis, which is explained in our website too. In fact, I and we pretty much are no win no fee Leeds!

It’s free to call me or my brilliant colleague Rebecca Wood, or to make a website enquiry, so you have nothing to lose. We are always happy to have a free chat.

That’s all for now,

John

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