Falls from Height

There are many jobs throughout Scotland that require working at height; telephone engineers, television engineers, and construction workers.

However not many are aware that working from a height also means using a ladder to change a light bulb to a shop worker trying to reach stock on a high shelf.

Every year there are thousands of reported accidents, and deaths, in which employees fall due to working at height.

If your job involves any tasks that may have you above ground level, then you should receive training for working at height. If you have not received suitable training and have been injured due to a fall at work, then you may be entitled to a work accident compensation claim.

Falls from heights account for a third of fatal injuries to workers in the United Kingdom every year. The construction sector is where there are most accidents involving people working at height with over 500 incidents each year.

There is a wide range of accidents which involve a fall from a height but the most common ones include:

  • Falling from a ladder or scaffolding
  • Falling down a flight of stairs
  • Falling through a roof
  • Falling down steps

Despite being most commonplace in the construction industry, fall from height accidents can also take place in a variety of other environments such as warehousesfactories and offices.

Falls from height can have a devastating impact on the victim and their families. Even a fall from a relatively low level can cause long-lasting injuries. A serious injury may force you to change jobs or stop working altogether which means a loss of earnings.

All work at height is covered by strict rules set out in the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which seeks to ensure:

  • all work at height is properly planned and organised
  • the workers involved are properly trained and competent
  • the risks have been assessed and appropriate equipment is chosen and used
  • the risks of working on, or near, fragile surfaces are properly managed
  • any equipment used is properly inspected and maintained.

Starting a compensation claim for fall from height at work

Anyone who works at height understands that they carry a higher percentage of risk and accept these accordingly. This means taking personal responsibility for their actions and an awareness of how these may affect others. However, if you, or a member of your family, have suffered as the result of a fall from a height, you may be able to claim for compensation.

That compensation could cover loss of earnings,  help pay for any treatment required and cover other costs incurred as a result of your injuries. It can also compensate for the impact on the victim and their families – particularly in the case of accidents that involve serious injury or death.

To find out more on fall from height claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in handling work accident claims. You can reach them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.

Falls from Height – Frequently Asked Questions

The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.

Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.

A strict three-year time limit applies to making any accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
  • Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.

In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings or earning capacity
  • Any future expenses as a result of the injury
  • Home modification and care expenses
  • Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.

If you have suffered a personal injury from a fall accidnet there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.

You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you’re providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.

Anyone who has been injured in a fall accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim.  Even if you contributed to your othe fall, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.