If you have fallen at work then your injuries could be minor to major. Falling accidents at work are the most common type of personal injury claim but are often the easiest to avoid.
Types of falls at work
The nature of your working environment will dictate just how much risk there is of a falling accident at work. If you work with ladders on a daily basis, for example, you are more at risk of a falling accident. You may be employed to work on a building site where there are a lot of obstacles in the way. Office environments present a surprising number of falling hazards; boxes left in walkways; holes in carpets or loose tiles to name but a few.
An employer’s responsibility for falls in the workplace
An employer must do everything reasonably possible to avoid falling accidents in the workplace. This includes communicating the danger to staff; averting the danger and minimising the danger or stopping it completely.
The Health and Safety Executive specifies certain duties that an employer must undertake to ensure they are compliant with the law. Some are highlighted below:
- Risk assessments must be carried out to emphasise and prevent any potential falling accidents
- Warning signs of slipping hazards should be displayed
- If the surfaces are slippy then anti-slip methods like anti-slip mats should be used
- Health and safety training should be given to all staff both in general terms and specific to the job they do
Types of falls at work
The term ‘fallen at work’ suggests a minor injury has happened yet some of the most debilitating accidents happen after a fall. If you have fallen from a height and/or landed on a sharp or dangerous surface then the results can be devastating.
Your injuries could result in paralysis, a brain injury and sometimes death. There are approximately 2 falling fatalities per year which happen in the workplace according to the Health and Safety Executive.
If you have fallen at work and are considering compensation then get in touch with a specialist lawyer who will be able to help you with your injury in the workplace claim. The personal injury solicitors at Jefferies have a long history of dealing with a wide range of accidents and injuries in the workplace, including falling, slipping or tripping accidents.
If you have fallen at work through no fault of your own and you have suffered financially because of it then you could be able to make a claim. Loss of earnings, paying for medical expenses can be compensated for if your claim is successful. The level of your pain and suffering also form part of your compensation. For honest and straightforward advice in your claim please call Jefferies Solicitors on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch online.
Jefferies Solicitors accepts no responsibility for the validity of the statistics contained within this article.