If you are unfortunate enough to have been injured in a fall from a ladder at your workplace, or while working for your employer elsewhere, and your employer was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. The law imposes an obligation on employers to take reasonable care for the safety of their employees at work.
To claim compensation for a fall from a ladder or any injury at work, you must be able to prove:
Ladders and Stepladders are tools which are frequently used when working at height, but are often misused or used incorrectly. In addition, many ladder accidents at work result from using ladders which are broken or in a state of disrepair.
Falls from a ladder can, and do, result in serious injuries, including:
The Work at Height regulations exist to protect workers who regularly work on ladders, scaffolding or who are otherwise at risk of falling from height.
The types of ladder used in the workplace (longer extension-type ladders instead of the a-frame type used domestically) can lead to more serious injuries because of the greater heights involved.
Your employer is under a duty to ensure that the ladder and that any safety equipment is fit for purpose.
These regulations require, among other things, that employees who are required to work at height are properly trained in the use of ladders and any appropriate safety equipment.
Employees should be trained to ensure that the ladder is fit for purpose – including ensuring that the ladder is not 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 as a result of a slip or skid. Employees should also be trained to inspect the ladder and nearby surfaces for slippery substances and debris which might cause the ladder to slip or become unstable.
Another common cause of accidents is over-reaching or over-stretching. Employees should be trained in the use of ladders to prevent over-reaching accidents. To prevent this, your employer should ensure that the ladder is adequate for the job at hand.
At Lawford Kidd, we ensure you receive 100% of any compensation you are awarded. Our costs are paid by the other side. We’ll get you the maximum compensation in the minimum time.
If you have been injured in an accident at work as a result of a fall from a ladder, we can help. We have helped our clients claim thousands of pounds in compensation for injuries suffered as a result of a ladder accident or fall from height. Click here or call 01312255214.