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The dangers of working at height

Working at height is notoriously risky and if you’ve experienced an accident while engaging in activities like this, you’re not alone.dangers of working at heights

The good news is, you may be able to receive work accident compensation for your suffering. If the incident was caused by the negligence of a third party, it is within your rights to take forward a claim. Of course, the money you receive won’t undo your pain and suffering, but it can help you achieve a sense of justice and the payout may help to make your life easier.

Prosecution over serious fall

Recently, an Essex firm was prosecuted in relation to an accident that saw a 51-year-old worker sustain severe injuries after falling from a ladder. During a hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, Chelmer Truck Bodies was found guilty of a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and it was issued a fine of £7,500, as well as being ordered to pay costs of nearly £5,000.

It had failed to ensure that work at height was conducted in a safe manner. During an investigation, it was revealed that the same staff member had fallen off a ladder just one month before the incident, but no action had been taken to improve safety.

Multiple injuries

The 51-year-old employee was spray painting a lorry from a stepladder when he tumbled approximately two metres to the ground, shattering his left shoulder and collar bone, breaking several ribs and receiving a deep cut to his head.

He is still unable to return to work nearly six months after the accident and he suffers from considerable pain due to the injury in his shoulder.

Life changing

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Kim Tichias said: “One of Chelmer Truck Bodies’ employees has suffered life-changing injuries because the company failed to do anything to improve safety when he fell off a stepladder a month earlier.

“The dangers of carrying out work at height are well known and the company should have provided secure working platforms rather than giving employees lightweight stepladders. If the firm had planned the work properly and made changes following the previous incident, then the worker’s injuries could have been avoided.”

Worrying figures

Meanwhile, figures produced by the HSE show that 38 people died as a result of workplace falls in the UK in 2010-11 and more than 4,000 sustained a major injury.

Optimising your chances

When you’re taking your work accident claim forward, it’s important you select legal representatives with the necessary skill and experience.

This is where we come in. Here at PHC Law we have all the expertise, knowledge and diligence required to achieve the more favourable results. Also, our personal approach helps to minimise any stress and anxiety you may have about progressing with your compensation case.

It’s no wonder that so many people come to us when they’re making a personal injury claim after suffering an accident at work that wasn’t their fault. To find out more about what we do, just take a look around our website.