Worker Falls From Height: Are The Work at Height Regulations and Health & Safety Executive Investigations Sufficient?

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Mr Simon Helliwell in our Personal Injury department recently obtained compensation for his client who fell through a skylight in a roof at work and fell 30 feet to the floor. 

Simon describes: 

"It was my client’s case that major works were to be carried out on site and due to a threat of workers walking out due to poor health and safety measures he was instructed to go onto the roof to aid ventilation”.

Liability was denied throughout but after a period of negotiation a settlement of £90,000.00 was negotiated for his client. Mr Helliwell is surprised that in this day and age there are still so many falls from height in the workplace.

The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height.

Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning.

A cursory glance of press releases from the Health & Safety Executives website demonstrates the number of companies that are fined when their workers fall from height; objects fall from height and other types of serious accidents which often take place in the farming industry.

Simon’s client commented:

“Service has been very professional, prompt and clear. The case has been conducted in an understanding and sympathetic manor throughout and without your guidance we could not have reached this conclusion”.

Transfer your Personal Injury case? No problem

Clients change their solicitor for a multitude of reasons;

  • Lack of communication
  • You are being dealt with by a different solicitor each time you contact the firm
  • Solicitor is not getting you treatment for your injuries sustained
  • Solicitor not acting professionally
  • You are not satisfied with the level of service or the advice being given

Simon frequently takes over a number of cases from clients who have been dis-satisfied with their solicitors or from firms who have left the personal injury market (an increasing trend).

If any person wishes to pursue a personal injury claim caused by a fall from height; an accident on a farm or indeed any claim large or small or indeed if they wish to transfer their file, contact Mr Simon Helliwell at simon.helliwell@isonharrison.co.uk or alternatively call 0113 284 5048.

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