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Fall from height

Under The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (amended in 2007), an employer must protect any employee who has to work at height.

This can refer to someone standing on a chair while changing the light bulb or can refer to an individual working hundreds of feet off the ground painting. This area of personal injuries is perhaps one of the more worrying as falls from heights is the single largest cause of workplace fatalities in the UK.

Working at height is particularly dangerous and employers should take extra care to make sure that their employees are protected from the possibility of a fall.

If an employer has not put in place the appropriate protection for an employee and they fall, it can result in serious injury or even death. Occupations that are particularly at risk from falls at height include:

  • Construction workers

  • Window cleaners

  • Roofers

  • Engineers

  • Warehouse operatives

There are various situations where a fall from height can happen in the workplace, including:

  • Falls through fragile material (skylights or unsafe tiles)

  • Falls from steelwork, ladders, stairs, edges, openings and scaffolding

  • Falls caused by inadequate or missing protective equipment

  • Falls while fixing lights or washing windows

If you have had a fall from a height at work you could be entitled to compensation. Here at Moore Blatch, we utilise a wealth of knowledge, skills and resources to take an assertive stance in advocating for your best interests.

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