What Every Employee Should Know About Working At Height

Working at height, even a low height, can add a considerable amount of risk of injury for the employee. Health and safety should be a major consideration at all times by both the employee and the employer.

Even working at very low heights, such as standing on a stool or a ladder can put the worker into a broken bone situation if there is a fall. At best, it could be a case of a pulled muscle as a result. Those who work on roofs, scaffolding and with guttering are well aware of how dangerous it can be when you are tens of feet above the ground.

Health and Safety Regulations

This is why there are so many health and safety rules for people who have to work at height. There is even a particular piece of legislation that was put together purely for this situation – Working at Height Regulations 2005.  The content of this legislation clearly states that employers must protect their employees from injuries caused by falls.

What if you fall?

If you do fall from a height, then you should make a claim for compensation.  However, you will have to prove that there was more that your employers could have done to prevent your fall from happening. You could well be covered by their insurance.

What about work equipment?

Much of whether you can make a claim for compensation will be based on whether your work equipment is suitable for the tasks that you are required to do. If it is defective, deemed not fit for the task or unsafe in any way, then your employers could be held responsible and liable. For example, if you were provided with the wrong type of ladder for a task and this caused you to fall, then you can make a claim. If scaffolding is not put together properly and it came apart when you put your weight on it, then that can also be reason enough to make a claim.

Work equipment includes personal protective equipment

Workers are quite often supplied personal protective equipment. This is provided to help prevent a fall from height.  This may include harnesses. The harness has to be maintained and inspected regularly. If there is any wear or tear or it is not in good condition, then it should be replaced. Any footwear that you’re provided with should be of good quality so that you do not slip or trip.

You should also receive the appropriate training to keep you safe.

If you have been involved in a fall from height that is no fault of your own, then you could be eligible to make a claim. Contact us today.


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