Have you been injured in an accident involving a ladder?
If you have been injured in an accident at work
involving a fall from a ladder or height, you may be able to make a claim.
When using a ladder at work, the Work at Height Regulations applies which means employers have a legal duty to make sure that all work at height is properly planned. They must also ensure that those working at height are either competent or supervised; that the risks of working on fragile surfaces (such as faulty roofs) are properly controlled; and that all items of equipment (such as ladders and harnesses) are properly inspected and maintained. In addition, employers should seek to avoid work at height for their employees if possible, and look for safer alternatives.
Workplace ladders are obviously taller than domestic ladders meaning the risk of injury is much higher because of the greater heights involved. When instructing you to work at height, your employer is under a duty to ensure that the ladder and any safety equipment is fit for purpose. Ladders and stepladders, as well as scaffolding equipment are tools which are frequently used when working at height. However, these are often misused or used incorrectly. The great majority of ladder accidents at work result from using ladders which are broken, incorrectly maintained or are in a state of disrepair.
Falls from a ladder can, and do, result in serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Leg & Knee injuries
- Arm & Shoulder injuries
Workplace Ladder Accidents – Work at Height Regulations
The Working at HeightRregulations exist to protect workers who regularly work on ladders, scaffolding or who are otherwise at risk of falling from height while at work. The regulations require, among other things, that employees who are expected to work at height are properly trained in the use of ladders and all appropriate safety equipment. Employers are legally bound to ensure that employees are trained to ensure that the ladder is fit for purpose – including ensuring that the ladder is not damaged, bent or warped, and that the ladder’s feet are intact. Ladder accidents resulting in falls can still occur even if the ladder is in good conditions because of a slip or skid. Employers are bound to ensure that the environment in which ladders are to be used are kept free of spills or debris which may result in a ladder falling.
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