Working at height is one of the most dangerous practices undertaken by employees and the self-employed in the UK.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, falls from height accounted for 5,952 reportable injuries to employees in 2013/2014 (an increase of 678 on the previous annual figures). Of these falls, 19 resulted in fatality (down from 25 in 2012/2013), while 3,038 resulted in injuries which required the employee to have seven days or more off work.
A further 569 self-employed workers were injured in falls from height over the same period ( an increase of 129 on the previous year). Injuries resulted in 20 deaths.
What employers should do to prevent falls from height
Employers should always consider whether working at height is necessary. If there is no other way for a task to be completed a risk assessment should be carried out to ensure the safest work methods are employed.
Employees should be provided with appropriate safety equipment for use on access equipment (ladder, scaffolds and tower scaffolds), such as harnesses, safety belts and lifelines. They should also be trained in safety procedures, especially when working on a roof or when accessing high-level windows, fittings etc.
Have you been injured in a fall from height accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a fall from height, whether a relatively low height or from several metres, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You may also have a few questions about what the process involves.
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- What counts as working at height?
- Who is most likely to be affected?
- What does the law say about employers’ obligations in this area?
- What are employees’ responsibilities in this area?
- What should I do if I have a fall from height at work?
- Can I claim compensation for a fall from height?
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