A ladder may seem a harmless and common piece of equipment but they are unquestionably dangerous. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 were brought in by the Government to improve ladder safety. A ladder should only be used for work at height if a risk assessment has been carried out and other more suitable work equipment is not justified.
If you have been injured as a result of falling from a ladder, or as a result of an accident involving a ladder contact us today for free initial advice. Our expert personal injury lawyers based in Edinburgh will be able to help you.
Ladder accidents are a common cause of personal injury claims. Over 4000 employees suffered a major injury as a result of a fall from height in 2008 to 2009. A third of all reported fall from height incidents involve ladders or step ladders and on average this accounts for 14 deaths and 1200 major injuries to workers every year.
Accidents and personal injury claims can be avoided by employers complying with health and safety executive guidance on the use of ladder and step ladder safety. Good practice information on using step ladders only for light work is given by the health and safety executive.
The HSE quote a number of serious accidents where maintenance engineers have had serious accidents through ladder falls. A maintenance fitter lost his footing on the second rung of a ladder. His feet slipped through the rungs and was killed when his head hit the floor as he fell backwards.
A window cleaner sustained broken ribs, fingers and a broken arm when he fell 2.3 metres from his ladder while cleaning the windows of a show home on a new housing estate.
The employers would have been liable for the employees’ claim for breach of the Work at Height Regulations.
We have specialist compensation lawyers dealing with ladder accident claims and have been involved in ladder cases for over 30 years. Six figure awards of damages have been paid in serious cases.
If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of a ladder accident please contact us on 01312255214.