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Falls from height

Falls from height accounted for nearly a third of fatal injuries to workers in 2012/13. 46 fatal injuries related to falls from height took place in the UK in 2012/13. The construction sector has the highest incidence of falls from height – 541 in 2012/13.

Source: Health and Safety Executive; Kinds of accident in Great Britain 2013

Working at height carries a number of risks for workers and falls from ladders, scaffolding, platforms and other structures can lead to serious injury and, in some cases, death.

Falls from height can have a devastating impact on the victim and their families and in a huge number of cases, the blame for the accident lies with the employer and could have been prevented.

All work at height is covered by strict rules covered in the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which include provisions 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

If you, or a member of your family, has suffered as the result of a fall from 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.

Is there an up front cost for making a claim?

No, we don't charge for looking at your case. There's no charge if we take the case on either and we work on a 'no win, no fee' basis.

How do I make a claim?

You can call us, you can email or you can fill in our online form. You'll find all these options here. We've got an experienced, friendly team and they'll be happy to help.

How long does a claim take?

Once we've assessed the details of your case, we'll quickly tell you if we're able to take it forward. After that, there's no set length for a case. This will depend on factors like the type of injuries sustained, how the accident happened and how the other party responds to the claim. Naturally, we'll keep you informed all the way.

Am I likely to win?

More than 20,000 people have won compensation thanks to the Watermans' team. By checking to see if you have a strong case from the start, we ensure you have a very high chance of success. And, remember, it’s ‘no win, no fee’ so we'll be doing our very best to make sure you win.

It's important to act quickly. You have just 3 years to claim after an accident so you need to get your claim started as quickly as possible.

If you or a relative have been involved in a fall from height at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Why not find out more and get in touch with us today?

Use our injury calculator to see the kind of damages you could expect.