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Any fall from height could potentially lead to a serious injury. According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive, since 2001 an average of 50 people a year have died as a result of a fall from height, and over 8,500 have been seriously injured. Falls from height have also left many more suffering moderate or minor injuries that may have necessitated time off work and may have had financial consequences for those affected.
After a fall from height, getting the right legal advice, from a solicitor who specialises in work accident compensation claims, can make a real difference to the outcome of any compensation claim you make. Here at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors, our experienced personal injury lawyers are on hand to help you at every stage of your claim, to make sure you are kept fully informed and that at the end of your claim, you receive an outcome that reflects not only the impact your fall from height has had on your life and your health but also one that provides for any future healthcare needs you might have resulting from your injuries.
The risks of serious injury involved with a fall from height are well known. This is why any work that takes place at height is covered by an additional set of regulations designed to minimise the chances that an accident will occur or that if it does occur, that those involved will suffer serious injuries. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Amendments in 2007 apply to all work at height where there is a risk that a fall will cause a personal injury. The regulations place several duties on those responsible for controlling the work of another person who is working at height, whether they are an employee or a self-employed contractor.
As part of these regulations, those with a duty to ensure the safety of someone working at height must ensure the following:
If any of these points are neglected then the risks of a fall from height, or of another type of personal injury at work, will be higher than necessary.
When investigating the circumstances surrounding a fall from height, non-compliance with these regulations would be one of the first avenues of investigation your personal injury solicitor would explore. If it was found that the person or persons who had the duty to ensure these regulations were followed had not done so, then this could be used as evidence to support your personal injury claim for compensation following a fall from height.
For straightforward answers to any questions you might have about an incident where you suffered an injury caused by a fall from height, call the personal injury solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg on 0151 239 1180. Our personal injury solicitors have helped hundreds of people like you who have been injured due to the mistakes or omissions of someone who should have been responsible for their safety when working at height. To find out if you can make a fall from height injury compensation claim call today or use or online enquiry form and we’ll get in touch to see how we can help.